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Wales job 'too early' for Stoke City manager Tony Pulis

Tony Pulis has been in charge of Stoke since 2006
Tony Pulis has been in charge of Stoke since 2006

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis says he wants to manage Wales one day but admits that it is too early in his career to consider it at the moment.

Current national boss John Toshack announced his resignation on Thursday, after six years in charge.

Newport-born Pulis, 52, admits his priority at the moment is making Stoke an established Premier League club.

"It is worth it? One day, if someone offered me the job it would be a great honour to manage my country," he said.

"But to work in such an intense situation as a manager of a Premier League club, where every day there are new things to do, and then to take it away from you at the age I am I'm not sure it is for me.

Wales' 1-0 loss in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier away to Montenegro last week appears to have brought things to a head for Toshack.

But Pulis believes the former Real Madrid boss has done a decent job during his time with Wales.

"I think John Toshack has done a smashing job in respect of bringing young players through," Pulis added.

Whoever takes over there are some good players in Wales

Tony Pulis

"A lot of good young players have been integrated and they now have quite a bit of experience at international level, so there will be a time when someone will slip into that job and it will be a good job.

"Whoever takes over there are some good players in Wales and if you can get a good start and a few results the confidence will come back."

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett, the former Swansea City boss, has also ruled himself out of the race.

The former Wales defender, who won 31 caps between 1983 and 1988, is hot property after guiding the Lions to League One promotion and into the Championship play-off places.

"I am flattered to have been linked in some quarters with the Wales job," Jackett said.

"But, while at some time in the future the prospect of international management might be appealing, this is certainly not the right time for me."

Former Wales captain John Hartson is among the bookies' favourites to succeed Toshack, while ex-Coventry boss Chris Coleman is also understood to be interested in the national post.

Mark Bowen - currently assistant to former Wales boss Mark Hughes at Fulham - plus Wales Under-21s coach Brian Flynn are among other names being mentioned.



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