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Chris Coleman "understands" Aaron Ramsey's concerns

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Chris Coleman says that he has "no intention" of undoing Gary Speed's work with the Welsh national team.

New Wales manager Chris Coleman has said that he "understands" why a number of the Welsh senior players have questions over his appointment.

The former Fulham boss was announced as the new national coach today after months of consideration following the shock death of Gary Speed.

Arsenal midfielder and Wales captain Aaron Ramsey has been vocal about his disappointment in the Welsh Football Association's decision to search for Speed's successor without consulting the players.

"I've spoken with three or four of the senior boys," said Coleman. "I understand where some of them are coming from. I've already said, 'If it's not broke, you don't fix it.' I'd be a fool to come in here and start again because that's not what it needs. I've got no intention of doing that.

"Whilst I understand some of the comments, and we are talking about Aaron Ramsey of course, he is the captain of his country. He cares about what happens to Wales. He knows at the moment it is going very well and he doesn't want break that. I understand that.

"I've had a brief conversation with him, I'll have a longer one over a cup of coffee. I'm not going to change everything, but I'm my own man and if something does need to change, then it will be changed. But, from the outside, looking in, I don't think a lot needs to be changed."

Coleman has revealed that he will not be coaching Wales's tribute match against Costa Rica out of respect for Speed.


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