John Coleman (footballer, born 1962)

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John Coleman
Personal information
Full name John Coleman
Date of birth (1962-10-12) 12 October 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sligo Rovers (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1982 Kirkby Town
1983–1984 Burscough
1984–1985 Marine
1985–1988 Southport 89 (49)
1988 Runcorn 6 (1)
1988 Macclesfield Town 11 (1)
1988–1989 Rhyl
1989–1990 Witton Albion
1990–1996 Morecambe (201)
1996–1997 Lancaster City
1997–1999 Ashton United
Teams managed
1997–1999 Ashton United
1999–2012 Accrington Stanley
2012–2013 Rochdale
2013–2014 Southport
2014– Sligo Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

John Coleman (born 12 October 1962) is an English football manager and former player. He was most recently the manager of Irish Airtricity League side Sligo Rovers.

Coleman had a long playing career, mainly in non-league football for Kirkby Town, Burscough, Marine, Southport, Runcorn F.C. Halton, Macclesfield Town, Morecambe, Lancaster City and Ashton United. He also had a short spell in Wales with Rhyl. He was one of the most prolific non-league goalscorers in history, with over 500 goals to his name in a career spanning almost two decades. This success saw him play for the England National Game XI (the England team for semi-professional players) and receive many Player of the Year awards from the clubs he played for.[1]

He was appointed player-manager of Ashton United in 1997. After two years, he joined Accrington Stanley then playing in the Northern Premier League First Division. His 12-and-a-half-year tenure saw the club win three promotions as champions to enter the Football League in 2006. He was also the club's longest ever serving manager. At the time of his departure to Rochdale, Coleman was the third longest serving manager in England, behind Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger.

On 24 January 2012, Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell were appointed by Rochdale to replace Steve Eyre, who had left the club the previous month.[2] Their contracts were terminated by Rochdale on 21 January 2013 following a poor run in form.[3] In October 2013, Coleman declared his interest in replacing Dave Hockaday as manager of Forest Green Rovers.[4] John returned to Southport as manager on 7 December 2013 with Jimmy Bell once again as his assistant. He took the Sligo Rovers job in 2014.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 04 July 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Accrington Stanley England 10 August 1999[1] 24 January 2012 587 236 148 203 40.20
Rochdale England 24 January 2012 21 January 2013 52 14 14 24 26.92
Southport England 7 December 2013 20 June 2014 25 7 10 8 28.00
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland 20 June 2014 Present 2 1 1 0 50.00


As a Manager[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Manager Profile: John Coleman". League Managers Association. Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Rochdale appoint Accrington Stanley's John Coleman as boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rochdale Club Statement". 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "John Coleman: I'm interested in Forest Green Rovers job". Gloucester Citizen. 23 October 2013. 

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