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Premier League club bosses blasted by Coleman

By Phil Blanche

Chris Coleman has accused some Premier League managers of being ill-suited to talk about international football because they have never represented their countries.

The Wales boss, who was involved in a public spat with Arsenal's Arsene Wenger last week after the Gunners' Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey picked up a hamstring injury, did not name anyone as he addressed the media ahead of tonight's friendly with Holland in Cardiff.

But Coleman's remarks came after West Brom boss Tony Pulis and Swansea counterpart Garry Monk, neither of whom represented their countries as players, both questioned the validity of international friendlies.

Welshman Pulis described the matches as a "waste of space" while Monk labelled them "farcical" and said he hoped Swansea pair Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor would be spared playing 90 minutes against Holland.

"I did see some comments come from people who have never played international football and they don't know what it is all about and what it means," Coleman said. "That is not me having a sideswipe because I can understand why they make certain comments, but representing your country surely still has to mean as much as anything in football.

"There's nothing I could have done that would have meant more to me than playing for Wales."

Friendly: Cardiff City Stadium, Wales v Netherlands, 7.45pm.

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