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Hull told to look elsewhere as Wales reject approach for Chris Coleman


Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite to succeed Steve Bruce at Hull.

Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite to succeed Steve Bruce at Hull.

Gianfranco Zola has emerged as the favourite to succeed Steve Bruce at Hull.

The Football Association of Wales has rejected an approach from Hull to speak to national team manager Chris Coleman.

Hull hope to fill their managerial vacancy in the next few days and Coleman, who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last month, has been strongly linked with the position.

"The Football Association of Wales can confirm that it has received an official approach from Hull City FC for the services of manager Chris Coleman," said a statement on the official FAW website.

"Following discussions amongst leading figures within the association the approach has been rejected."

The decision was immediately welcomed by Wales striker Sam Vokes, who scored a brilliant header to help down Belgium in the famous 3-1 quarter-final win.

He told Press Association Sport: "We're hoping he stays. He's been a massive part of what we're about, he's been a great manager. Being part of the squad, it was a lot to do with the gaffer, how he built the team and brought it together."

Burnley striker Vokes also told Sky Sports News: "To see that he is staying is great news. Hopefully that can help us going into the World Cup campaign.

"He's been great. We had some tough times with Wales, obviously when (former manager) Gary Speed died it was a tough time and for Coleman to come in, it was hard.

"As a squad, we went through some tough results and tough games, but we came out the other side of that and I think that's what probably built us as a squad and him as a manager.

"He's great with the lads and gets on well with everyone. We have a good craic, but we know when to work hard and we do."

Former Fulham and Coventry boss Coleman had a tough time after succeeding Speed as Wales manager in January 2012.

Wales were never in the hunt for 2014 World Cup qualification after suffering an embarrassing 6-1 defeat in Serbia.

B ut Coleman stayed on and guided Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years when qualifying for Euro 2016.

Coleman signed a new two-year contract in May ahead of the European Championship and then oversaw Wales' best-ever performance at a major tournament.

The 46-year-old's stock is high after Wales' achievement in France and FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford admitted after Euro 2016 that he "can't make him (Coleman) do the job".

"At the end of the day we do have a contract that's been signed, but like anything, if somebody desperately says 'Well I'm not going to do the job', you're going to have a tough time keeping him," Ford told BBC Radio 5 live in July.

"There are procedures and there are policies in place with regards to if that does happen, but let's hope it doesn't."

And the FAW stressed on Tuesday that they are determined to keep Coleman, saying: "Everybody at the FAW are fully focused on the forthcoming World Cup qualifying campaign."

Wales start their World Cup campaign against Moldova in Cardiff on September 5.

Newly-promoted Hull have been looking for a successor to Steve Bruce following his departure on July 22, with former Watford and West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola among those heavily linked with the job.

Reports in Italy on Monday said Zola, sacked by Qatari club Al-Arabi in June, had been the subject of an approach from the Tigers.

Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is in caretaker charge, with the Tigers' squad having headed to Austria on Tuesday for pre-season friendlies against Caykur Rizespor and Torino.

Hull start their Premier League campaign at home to champions Leicester on August 13.