Coleman in Palace frame as Pulis enters fray for Wales job
10:02pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Sport
WALES boss Chris Coleman has been backed into being the new favourite to become the next Crystal Palace manager, throwing his future into further doubt.
In news that is certain to be of interest to those in the corridors of power at the FAW, Coleman, whose contract as national team coach runs out next month, is now seemingly the frontrunner to succeed Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park.
And that intriguingly raises the possibility of Newport’s Tony Pulis – until yesterday the favourite for Palace – becoming the new Wales manager.
The Argus understands that Pulis WOULD be keen to discuss the Wales job, despite many tipping that his salary demands would be beyond the FAW.
Coleman is yet to speak publicly on the idea of succeeding Holloway. However, the 43-year-old is yet to commit his future to Wales beyond November.
Coleman has strong links with Palace, having been a member of the playing staff for four years during the 1990s, but he is not the only candidate being considered.
Martin O'Neill and Pulis are reported to have held talks with Palace, while Neil Warnock's name has also been mentioned.
Meanwhile, former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager McLeish believes that Palace can avoid relegation, but has denied that discussions have taken place with chairman Steve Parish as Coleman becomes the main name in the frame.
"There hasn't been any contact yet but I am available as a free agent," McLeish told Sky Sports News.
"Crystal Palace are in a position that's precarious for them but there's still a lot of points to play for.
"I've had those kind of challenges before and I've had some success and some failures, but if you've got a fighting spirit and good players playing to their strengths, then why can't Palace stay up?"
McLeish's last job was at Nottingham Forest where he left by mutual consent in February and has not ruled out the possibility of coaching outside of the UK.
He said: "I've watched a lot of games, I've visited friends who coach abroad and have kept my finger on the pulse.
"I'm fresh again. I'd like to have a crack at somewhere, maybe even abroad."
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