Chris Coleman Favourite For Wales Job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 January 2012, 10:46

Chris Coleman has emerged as the early favourite to succeed Gary Speed as Wales Manager. The former Fulham boss, who resigned from Greek side Larissa last week, has been handed odds of just 1/5 in the Next Wales Manager Betting, as the Football Association of Wales begin the difficult task of finding a new boss.

Gary Speed's tragic death on 27th November 2011 stunned the world of football. He will forever be missed by everyone inside and out of the beautiful game. Wales are holding a memorial game for Speed, which will be against Costa Rica in Cardiff on 29th February.

Former Wales defender Coleman was a candidate for the Wales job in December 2010 but lost out to Speed. Now, over a year later, he has been installed as the bookies' favourite for the job. Coleman began his managerial career at Fulham back in 2003, with whom he stayed with until 2007 when he was sacked following a poor run of form. He then decided to move abroad to Spain where he worked at Real Sociedad before resigning seven months later due to differences with the club's President. Just over a year later in February 2008 he was appointed Coventry City boss but was sacked in May 2010. He took over at Larissa in May 2011 but resigned last week over the club's financial difficulties.

Assistant Wales manager Raymond Verheijen and Osian Roberts are both in the running for the job, as are Kenny Jackett at 8/1 and Brian Flynn at 10/1. John Hartson (12/1) and Ian Rush (14/1) are also in frame, while Ryan Giggs is an outside bet at 18/1. The new manager's immediate focus will be the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign which starts in September.

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