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Wales boss Coleman to walk away after 2018 World Cup campaign

4:31 AM IST 09/07/16
The 46-year-old, who presided over the Dragons' remarkable run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, says the upcoming World Cup campaign will be his last as the national team boss

Chris Coleman has announced he will quit as Wales boss after the 2018 World Cup campaign.

The 46-year-old has saw his stock rise dramatically after guiding the Dragons to the Euro 2016 semi-finals this summer.

And Coleman, who took over the Wales reins in 2012, has now confirmed he has no intention of staying on when his contract runs out in two years' time, whether the nation qualify for the next World Cup or not. 

"I am sure this will be my last campaign whether we qualify or not," said Coleman.

"That will be six or seven years in the job, which is a long time. So I think this will be my last hit, at it so I will give it my best shot, but I would not consider going anywhere else. I want to see this through.

"There's success in this team, I think, because they're at a good age. But I'll certainly give everything I've got in this next campaign. I'll make sure they do."

Coleman, whose team kick-off their World Cup qualifying campaign against Moldova on September 5, added: "If they [FAW] wanted to talk to me about another contract I would be cashing in a bit, wouldn't I? Same as if I jumped ship and went somewhere else because we had done well at a tournament.

"I would not feel right. I have signed a good contract and I am looking forward to the campaign."