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Wales manager Chris Coleman is uncertain whether he will continue to lead his Wales side into the next qualifying campaign, as tonight's fixture with Belgium could be his last.

Coleman's contract expires after tonight's game against the group leaders and despite having the world's most expensive player in Gareth Bale at his expense, the boss believes expectations are too high.

"We talk about qualification. When was the last team a side seeded sixth qualified?" Coleman told the Guardian.

"We were seeded sixth this time and the expectation was that we should qualify. Others who were maybe involved before me said that we were going to be this, that and the other.

"But if you look at the teams we have been up against, I don't think there is a tougher group."

Wales lie fourth in Group A behind Belgium who have already qualified, Croatia and Serbia. Scotland and Macedonia don't trail too far behind but on paper, Coleman's view that this is a very tough group, can be justified.

However Wales have only picked up nine points from a possible 27 and Coleman admits that this campaign has been an unsuccessful one.

"There no excuses, we have had too many defeats," said Coleman. "Finishing fourth in the group would not be a success because it's all about qualifying."

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they have the talent to reach a major international tournament. 

Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Gareth Bale are just some of the names that should be playing on the biggest stages. However the Wales boss has cursed his luck of having these stars unavailable on regular occasions throughout the campaign.

He is expected to name the same side who beat Macedonia on Friday night, a team without Bale, Williams and eight others. 

"We have some very good players, and we have a chance to qualify if we can just have them all fit. But does it ever happen?" said Coleman.

"Having had two years experience of it, I also look at that side of it and, if we are without too many players again, how can anyone do anything about it?"

Coleman has praised their opponents ahead of tonight's match in Brussels, where the home side will be celebrating their qualification for the World Cup next year. He says that Wales can repeat what the Belgians have achieved.

"Belgium have shown this is a challenge that can be achieved," said Coleman. "I genuinely believe we can, but I keep repeating we can only do that with certain players available more than they have been."

The 43-year-old said he would love to see someone else, if not him, guide Wales to qualification in the near future.

"We have good enough players, but they are never all available. If someone comes in after me and I can't do it or achieve qualification, I'd be happy if someone else did because I'm a proud Welshman and I want Wales to do something special.

"But if we have got everybody for longer, I'd love to be that man."

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