Chris Coleman (footballer)

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Chris Coleman
OBE
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Coleman with Wales in 2016
Personal information
Full name Christopher Patrick Coleman[1]
Date of birth (1970-06-10) 10 June 1970 (age 47)[2]
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sunderland (manager)
Youth career
0000–1986 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Manchester City 0 (0)
1987–1991 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
2011–2012 AEL
2012–2017 Wales
2017– Sunderland
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Christopher Patrick Coleman, OBE (born 10 June 1970) is a Welsh professional football manager and former player. He is the manager of Championship club Sunderland.

As a player, Coleman usually played in defence, while also occasionally appearing as a forward. He began his career at Manchester City, leaving as a teenager to make his debut for hometown team Swansea City in 1987. In 1991, he joined Crystal Palace, whom he represented in the Premier League. He spent a year-and-a-half at league champions Blackburn Rovers before signing for Fulham in 1997, helping the team to two promotions from the third tier to the top flight. He won 32 caps playing for Wales. Coleman's playing career ended at the age of 32, when his leg was broken in a car crash.

Following this, he started his coaching career at Fulham. In his first full season as manager, he guided the club to ninth place in the 2003–04 Premier League. After leaving Fulham, Coleman was appointed manager of Real Sociedad, where he resigned in January 2008 due to differences with the incoming president. He returned to England to manage Coventry City, but was dismissed in May 2010 following a poor run of results. Coleman then managed Greek side AEL for the first half of the 2011–12 season before resigning due to financial troubles at the club. In 2012, he took over as Wales national team manager after the death of Gary Speed, and led Wales to UEFA Euro 2016, their first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where they made the semi-finals.

Personal life[edit]

Coleman was born in Swansea[2] to an Irish father and has two sisters. He was educated at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School and Bishop Vaughan Catholic School.[3] He is married to TV presenter Charlotte Jackson. They had a son at the end of 2014.[4][5]

In June 2010, Coleman worked as a commentator for ITV at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[6] He has also worked as a commentator and pundit for Sky Sports.[7]

On 20 October 2016 Coleman was awarded the Freedom of the City of Swansea.[8] Coleman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to football.[9] In 2017, he was awarded an honorary degree from his hometown's University of Swansea,[10] and fellowships at three other Welsh universities.[11][12][13] In July 2017, he endorsed the Welsh Government's project to double the number of speakers of Welsh by 2050.[14]

Club career[edit]

Swansea City[edit]

The first professional team Coleman was contracted to was Manchester City, aged 16, although he later left them, citing homesickness as the major reason.[15] He then joined his hometown club Swansea City.[16]

He made his first professional appearance for them aged 17, in the autumn of 1987. He made nearly 200 appearances for the south Wales club and helped win the Welsh Cup in 1989 and 1991.[17][18]

Crystal Palace[edit]

After spending four years with Swansea, Coleman was signed by Crystal Palace in 1991 for a transfer fee set by a Football League tribunal at around £270,000, 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. Palace finished 10th in Coleman's first season at Selhurst Park, but they were relegated from the new FA Premier League in his second season (although they did reach the semi-finals of the League Cup). They won promotion as Division One champions at the first attempt, but went straight back down again despite reaching the semi-finals of both cups that season. Coleman was sold to Blackburn Rovers, the defending league champions, for £2.8 million in December 1995. While at Palace, he was capped for Wales at senior level for the first time.

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

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Coleman joined Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £2.8 million. Blackburn did not retain the Premier League title they had won in 1995, and finished seventh, just missing out on a UEFA Cup place. Coleman made 28 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[edit]

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 and club, of £2.1 million for Coleman in late 1997.[19] 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 effectively 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.[20] 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. He announced his retirement as a player in October 2002, but stayed at the West London club as a member of the coaching staff.[21]

International career[edit]

Coleman was eligible to play for his birth country of Wales, for the Republic of Ireland through his Dublin-born father, and also for the United States via his maternal grandfather.[22]

Coleman was capped by Wales at school, youth, under-21 and senior levels.[2][23] His only competitive football appearance after his leg injuries came for Wales on 14 May 2002, when he was called up to the squad as a replacement for Danny Gabbidon,[24] and then came on as a late substitute for goalscorer Robert Earnshaw in the 1–0 win over Germany at the Millennium Stadium.[25]

Managerial career[edit]

Fulham[edit]

Coleman joined Fulham's coaching staff in October 2002 under Tigana.[26] 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.[27]

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.[28] Many of Fulham's key players, such as Edwin van der Sar, Louis Saha, Steed Malbranque and Luís 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 on 10 April 2007 in a move that caught some observers by surprise, after a seven-game winless run that left the club four points above the relegation zone.[29]

Real Sociedad[edit]

Coleman moved abroad to manage recently relegated Segunda División side Real Sociedad on 4 July 2007, after being recommended to the club by fellow Welshman and former Real Sociedad manager John Toshack.[30] He was linked with Bolton Wanderers in October 2007[31] 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.[32]

Coventry City[edit]

Coleman was appointed manager of Championship club 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.[33]

On 26 August 2008, the BBC reported that Coleman was no longer interested in the Wales national team.[34] He later said that his words had been misinterpreted; when answering a question on whether Coventry striker Freddy Eastwood was fit to play for Wales, he meant to say that he wanted Eastwood fit for club before returning to international duty.[35] On 4 May 2010, Coleman was sacked following Coventry's 19th-place finish during the 2009–10 season,[36] their lowest league finish in more than 45 years. They would be relegated two years later.

AEL[edit]

On 26 May 2011, Coleman was appointed as manager of Greek side AEL.[37] In January 2012, Coleman announced that because of financial troubles at the club he would be quitting from his position as manager.[38]

Wales[edit]

Coleman as manager of Wales in 2015

On 19 January 2012, Coleman was appointed team manager of the Wales national team, as successor to his friend Gary Speed, who had died the previous November.[39] After letting his assistant Osian Roberts take charge in Speed's memorial match against Costa Rica in February,[40] his first game in charge was a 2–0 defeat against Mexico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on 27 May.[41]

Wales' first match in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification was on 7 September at home to Belgium, with centre back James Collins sent off for a late lunge on Guillaume Gillet in the 25th minute of an eventual 0–2 loss.[42] Four days later in Novi Sad, the team lost 6–1 to Serbia; Coleman said in October 2015 that he considered leaving his post after the defeat.[43] After becoming the first Welsh manager to lose his first five games, Coleman got his first win on 12 October 2012, a 2–1 victory against Scotland.[44] On 26 March 2013, in a qualifier against Croatia at the Liberty Stadium, Wales led 1–0 for the majority of the game through a Gareth Bale penalty, but two late goals from the opponents ended any hopes of qualification.[45]

In October 2015, Coleman led Wales to their best ever position on the FIFA World Rankings, 8th.[46] On 10 October, their qualification for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament was confirmed, a first tournament qualification since 1958.[47] The team came first in their group in France, and eliminated Northern Ireland and Belgium to reach the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Portugal. Coleman received interest from other teams due to his management of the Welsh team at the tournament.[48]

On 23 May 2016, it was announced at a Football Association of Wales press conference that Coleman had signed a two-year contract extension to take in the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.[49] Wales's 1–0 home loss to the Republic of Ireland on 9 October 2017 meant that they were eliminated from qualification.[50] Coleman resigned as Wales manager on 17 November 2017.[51]

Sunderland[edit]

On 19 November 2017, Coleman was appointed as manager of Championship club Sunderland.[52]

Career statistics[edit]

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
1999–2000 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 & Wales 478 23 36 3 48 4 15 0 576 30
Career total 478 23 36 3 48 4 15 0 576 30

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 December 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Fulham 17 April 2003 10 April 2007 176 61 44 71 034.7 [29][53]
Real Sociedad 4 July 2007 16 January 2008 21 8 7 6 038.1 [1][30][32]
Coventry City 19 February 2008 4 May 2010 117 34 37 46 029.1 [53]
AEL 26 May 2011 10 January 2012 12 6 4 2 050.0 [53]
Wales 19 January 2012 17 November 2017 50 19 13 18 038.0 [39][51][53]
Sunderland 19 November 2017 Present 4 1 1 2 025.0 [53]
Total 380 129 106 145 033.9

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Swansea City

Crystal Palace

Fulham

Individual[edit]

Coleman on Wales' parade through Cardiff city centre after Euro 2016
  • Football League Third Division PFA Team of the Year: 1988–89, 1990–91
  • Football League Second Division PFA Team of the Year: 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Football League First Division PFA Team of the Year: 1999–2000, 2000–01
  • Crystal Palace Player of the Year: 1994
  • Honorary Degree from the University of Swansea[10]
  • Freedom of the City of Swansea[55]
  • FIFA World Coach of the Year Shortlist of 10.[56]

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