Chris Coleman (footballer)


Chris Coleman (footballer)
Chris Coleman
Personal information
Full name Christopher Coleman
Date of birth 10 June 1970 (1970-06-10) (age 41)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Swansea City 160 (2)
1991–1995 Crystal Palace 154 (13)
1995–1997 Blackburn Rovers 28 (0)
1997–2002 Fulham 136 (8)
Total 478 (23)
National team
1992–2002 Wales 32 (4)
Teams managed
2003–2007 Fulham
2007–2008 Real Sociedad
2008–2010 Coventry City
2011- Larissa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Christopher "Chris" Coleman (born 10 June 1970 in Swansea, Glamorgan) is a Welsh football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Greek Side Larissa.

As a child he grew up a keen supporter of Liverpool FC - his favourite player being Emlyn Hughes

As a player, he usually played in defence, while also occasionally appearing as a forward. He won 32 caps playing for Wales. As a manager, Coleman attained a respectable ninth place finish in the Premier League in 2004 as the manager of Fulham, who had been tipped for relegation. After leaving Fulham, Coleman was appointed manager of Real Sociedad, but resigned in January 2008, citing differences with the incoming president, even though in his last twelve games he recorded only one defeat. In February 2008, he returned to England to manage Coventry City, but he was dismissed in May 2010 following a disastrous run of results.

In June 2010 he worked as a commentator for ITV at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[1] He has also commentated for Sky Sports.

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Biography

Coleman was born in Swansea in 1970 to a family of 2 sisters. He started school at St Josephs catholic primary school and after attended at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School. The first professional team he was contracted to was Manchester City, aged 16, although he later left them, citing homesickness as the major reason.

He then joined Swansea City which was his boyhood club which he still supports to this day. He had a very successful stint at Crystal Palace where he is considered to have legend status. He also did extremely well with Fulham, and at one point was considered the best defender outside the premier league helping them climb the leagues until his horrific car crash.

He has been used as a co-commentator on non-contract terms on both ITV at World Cup 2010 and its Europa League coverage and since the sacking of Andy Gray on Sky Sports for its Premier League coverage. However in many interviews he has lended the assumption that he wants to get back into management as it is where his heart is. He has 3 daughters and a son and along with his wife live in Kingswood surrey.

Playing career

Swansea City

Coleman made his first professional appearance for Swansea aged 17, in 1987. He made nearly 200 appearances for the south Wales club and helped win the Welsh Cup in 1989 and 1991.[2][3]

Crystal Palace

After spending four years with his hometown club, Coleman was signed by Crystal Palace for a transfer fee set by a Football League tribunal at around a quarter of a million pounds, plus a percentage of any future sale. After making 143 appearances, scoring 16 goals in that period – a 1 in 9 record explained by the fact that manager Steve Coppell often used Coleman as a makeshift centre forward – he moved to Blackburn Rovers. The major lowlight of this period was relegation from the Premiership, but he did obtain his first cap for Wales while contracted to Palace.

In 2005, Palace supporters voted Coleman into their Centenary XI.

Blackburn Rovers

Coleman joined Premier League champions Blackburn for a fee of £2.8 million. Blackburn did not retain the Premiership title they had won in 1995, and finished seventh. Coleman made 28 Premier League appearances over his season-and-a-half at the club, and when he found himself out of the starting line-up too often (not helped by a persistent Achilles injury), he took the gamble to further his career by dropping two divisions to join Fulham.

Fulham

Fulham, at the time in the Second Division, were financed by wealthy businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed, and were able to spend a record transfer fee for the division of over £2 million for Coleman in late 1997. He quickly became club captain, and led Fulham to promotion under manager Kevin Keegan in 1998–99 to the First Division.

He remained captain and a regular in the team under new manager Jean Tigana in the 2000–01 season as Fulham made a successful start to the campaign. However, Coleman's career was ended midway through the season after he broke his leg in a car crash near Bletchingley in Surrey on 2 January 2001 – just days before an FA Cup tie against Manchester United. He never recovered from this injury despite playing a reserve fixture in March 2002, a game that only served as an indication that he would never again play at the highest level of English football.

Managerial career

Fulham

Coleman joined Fulham's coaching staff in October 2002 under Tigana. He later succeeded the Frenchman as caretaker manager in April 2003, and steered Fulham away from relegation danger. He was named as Fulham's permanent manager in May 2003, beating the more experienced Klaus Toppmöller and George Burley to the post, and also became the youngest manager in the Premier League.[4]

His first full season in charge saw Fulham finish a surprise ninth place, as many pundits tipped them to struggle and for Coleman to be sacked.[5] Many of Fulham's key players, such as Edwin van der Sar, Louis Saha, Steed Malbranque and Luis Boa Morte, were sold in the following years and Fulham did not repeat their earlier successes under Coleman though he kept them clear of relegation. He was sacked in April 2007, after Fulham went on a seven game winless run.[6]

Real Sociedad

Coleman moved abroad to manage recently relegated Segunda División side Real Sociedad in June 2007 after being recommended to the club by fellow Welshman and former Real Sociedad manager John Toshack.[7] He was linked with Bolton Wanderers in October 2007[8] though nothing came of it. With the club in 5th place and having only lost once in its previous eleven games, Coleman resigned as manager on 16 January 2008, citing a divergence in vision for the club with newly elected President Iñaki Badiola.[9]

Coventry City

Coleman was appointed manager of Championship side Coventry City on 19 February 2008, signing a three and a half year contract. He replaced Iain Dowie, who had been sacked by new owner Ray Ranson.[10]

On 26 August 2008, the BBC reported that Chris Coleman was no longer interested in the international success of Wales.[11] He later denied the allegation, however, telling BBC Radio Wales' Sportstime programme, "I've got to get him [Eastwood] fit for Coventry first and foremost, that's my job. When he is fit, I'd drive him down the motorway myself if I had to for him to play for Wales. I've played for Wales myself and I preferred playing for my country than any club I've played for. I can promise you that I love Wales, I'm very patriotic and that will never change."[12] On 4 May 2010, Coleman was sacked following Coventry's 19th place finish during the 2009–10 season.[13], their lowest league finish in more than 45 years.

Larissa

In May 2011 Coleman was appointed as the new manager of Greek side Larissa.[14]

Statistics

Player

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88 Swansea City Fourth Division 30 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 34 0
1988–89 Third Division 43 0 3 0 2 0 5 0 53 0
1989–90 46 2 4 0 2 0 2 0 54 2
1990–91 41 0 4 1 2 0 8 0 55 1
1991–92 Crystal Palace First Division 18 4 1 0 5 0 0 0 24 4
1992–93 Premier League 38 5 1 0 7 2 0 0 46 7
1993–94 First Division 46 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 51 3
1994–95 Premier League 35 1 7 1 6 0 0 0 48 2
1995–96 First Division 17 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 21 0
1995–96 Blackburn Rovers Premier League 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
1996–97 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
1997–98 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
1997–98 Fulham Second Division 26 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 1
1998–99 45 4 7 0 5 1 0 0 57 5
1999–00 First Division 40 3 3 1 7 1 0 0 50 5
2000–01 25 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
2001–02 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total England 478 23 36 3 48 4 15 0 576 30
Career total 478 23 36 3 48 4 15 0 576 30

Manager

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Fulham England 17 April 2003 10 April 2007 176 61 44 71 34.66
Real Sociedad Spain 28 June 2007 16 January 2008 20 8 5 7 40.00
Coventry City England 19 February 2008 4 May 2010 117 34 37 46 29.06
Total 313 103 86 124 32.91
As of 2 May 2010

Honours

Player

Swansea City
1989, 1991

Manager

Coventry City

Football League Championship Manager of the Month: February 2009[15]

References

  1. ^ http://www.itv.com/presscentre/worldcup2010/week24/default.html
  2. ^ "Swansea City 5–0 Kidderminster Harriers". Welsh Football Data Archive. http://www.wfda.co.uk/welshcup_final_detail.php?id=102. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Swansea City 2–0 Wrexham". Welsh Football Data Archive. http://www.wfda.co.uk/welshcup_final_detail.php?id=104. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  4. ^ "Coleman named Fulham boss". BBC Sport. 15 May 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/3028375.stm. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Coleman gets new deal". BBC Sport. 7 July 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/3873931.stm. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Coleman out as Sanchez takes over". BBC Sport. 10 April 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/fulham/6543541.stm. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "Coleman named Real Sociedad boss". BBC Sport. 28 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/6247584.stm. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 
  8. ^ Ogden, Mark (19 October 2007). "Bolton Wanderers eye Chris Coleman". London: The Daily Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/10/19/sfnbol119.xml. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Coleman resigns as Sociedad boss". BBC Sport. 16 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/7192513.stm. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Coleman unveiled as Coventry boss". BBC Sport. 19 February 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/coventry_city/7250422.stm. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  11. ^ "Coleman 'not interested' in Wales". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_of_wales/7581021.stm. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
  12. ^ "Coleman proud of Welsh background". BBC Sport. 3 September 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_of_wales/7595897.stm. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  13. ^ "Chris Coleman sacked by Coventry City". BBC Sport. 2010-05-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/coventry_city/8659442.stm. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  14. ^ "Coleman named new Larissa coach". Four Four Two. http://fourfourtwo.com/news/restofeurope/80221/default.aspx. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Winners Announced". Football League. 2009-04-05. http://www.football-league.co.uk/page/LatestNewsDetail/0,,10794~1579909,00.html. 

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