Mark Hughes believes Wales manager Chris Coleman has earned the right to stall on contract negotiations.
Chris Coleman has recently admitted that Wales’ November friendlies could be his last games as the national team manager.
Coleman has confirmed that his representatives have held talks with the Football Association of Wales.
Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, to be held in Russia, after they lost their final game of the group to Ireland.
Hughes, who left the post as Wales manager in 2004 and his since managed in the Premier League, had his say on the current situation.
“I think the success that he’s had for Wales, he’s earned the right to make the decision himself,” said Hughes.
Coleman led the Dragons to the 2016 European Championships semi-final before they were knocked out to the eventual winners Portugal.
“When you come to the end of a campaign, whether or not you’re successful, it’s natural that international managers consider where they are going.
“Whether or not they continue in the same role, I think that is probably the process that Chris is going through at the moment,” Hughes added.
Coleman has been linked with other managerial vacancies and after the Euro 2016 campaign.
Hughes said: “It’s about opportunity, whether or not there is something else out there that would stimulate him as much and give him as much pride as the Wales job does at the moment.
“I still feel that the group of players that he has got have more potential to come.
“They have some really good young players coming through as well and I think that will shape his decision but I think it has to be Chris’ decision and he deserves that.”