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The former Celtic star has left his post as assistant to the Wales boss but the national governing body insists that reports linking their manager to Crystal Palace are unrelated

The Football Association of Wales insists that John Hartson's departure as assistant coach is unrelated to doubts over Chris Coleman's future.

The former Celtic striker left his role as part of the national boss's backroom staff on Wednesday, citing family and work commitments, having occupied the position for the duration of the World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

Coleman has been linked with the vacant Crystal Palace job but Welsh football's governing body is adamant that Hartson's resignation does not speak to such speculation.

"He spends a lot more time away now that he's a pundit with the BBC," an FAW spokesman told Perform. "His wife's expecting a child, so he doesn't feel he can commit to spending 10 days with Wales all the time.

"It's something that's been on his mind for a while. It's got nothing at all to do with all the speculation surrounding Chris."

Senior figures at the FAW maintain that there is no reason to believe that Coleman will vacate his role in the near future, despite his contract being set to run out at the end of November.

"As far as we're concerned, it's business as usual," added the spokesman. "There's no contact from Crystal Palace and he'll be in charge for the Finland game [on November 16]."

Hartson had earlier told the FAW's official website: "I have enjoyed every moment of my time with Wales. Everyone knows how passionate I am about my country. I have learnt a lot working with Chris, Kit [Symons] and Osian [Roberts]."

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