Date:Friday August 21 2009
Chris Coleman said he could never manage Swansea City because his family come first.
The Coventry City boss said he was never interested in the vacant manager's job at the club in the Summer and never will be, because his family could be under severe pressure if it all went wrong.
Coleman, who played for the Swans for three years between 1987-1990, and also features in our top 25 Players feature here, was naturally linked with the vacant manager's job after Martinez's departure because he's a Swansea boy and he's a former player.
Coleman told BBC Sport:
'I wasn't interested in managing Swansea City because my family's more important to me than football and they come first.'
'Of course Swansea City is my heart. It's my home town club, I had five years there and it was fantastic playing for your home town and I'm very proud of Swansea City.
'I'm very proud of being from Swansea.
'But my mum and dad still live in Swansea. My sisters, both married with children, still live in Swansea.
'And I've seen, when it goes wrong when you're a manager it's your home town club and that's where your family's from; it's not nice and I wouldn't put my family underneath that pressure.
'I'm all right, I can handle it. I've not lived in Swansea for the best part of 20 years. My mum and dad will never leave Swansea, neither would my sisters and neither would my nephews.
'I don't want to put them under that pressure because if it went wrong it's not nice and I've seen it happen.
'So I wasn't interested in managing Swansea City because my family's more important to me than football and they come first.
'It's different - my wife and I've got four children in London and it's a different place, it's a big place - whether I manage Crystal Palace or when I managed Fulham I can get lost in London.
'You can't do that in Swansea.
'I love Swansea, love Swansea City and I was a big admirer of them and the way they played football under Roberto and they'll play good football under Paulo Sousa also.
But I can't say I was ever interested in the job because I wasn't.'
However, Coleman is sticking by his Swansea roots however and he added that he could never manage our arch rivals Cardiff City:
'Two clubs I wouldn't manage - Swansea and Cardiff. I couldn't manage Cardiff - I couldn't go back to Swansea [if I did that] and I wouldn't manage Swansea for those reasons.
'I think Bill Shankly said: 'football's far more important than life or death'.
'I can't say I agree with that - I'm sure he said that tongue-in-cheek - but my family's the most important thing to me so those would be the reasons why I wouldn't do those jobs.'
I'm sure the travelling jack army will show their appreciation to Chris Coleman at the Ricoh Arena tomorrow afternoon.
If you're not attending the game, you can follow it live on Vital Swansea, with text commentary, live Championship scores, match comments and discussion.
|"What I can't understand is, why isn't Sousa using his contacts to lure some of that talent to Swansea or at least bring some youngsters on loan from Portugal. After all he was a Portuguese national team assistant so he should have good knowledge about some hot prospects in Portugal. "|
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