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Chris Coleman
Personal information
Full name Christopher Coleman
Date of birth 10 June 1970 (1970-06-10) (age 39)
Place of birth    Swansea, Wales
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Coventry City (Manager)
Youth career
Manchester City
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Swansea City
Crystal Palace
Blackburn Rovers
160 00(2)
154 0(13)
028 00(0)
136 00(8)
478 0(23)   
National team
1992–2002 Wales 032 00(4)
Teams managed
Real Sociedad
Coventry City

1 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 Coventry City.

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 as the manager of Fulham, who had been tipped for relegation, in 2004. Coleman was manager of Real Sociedad after managing Fulham but resigned in January 2008, citing differences with the incoming president. In February 2008, he returned to England to manage Coventry City.



Coleman was born in Swansea. The first professional team he was contracted to was Manchester City, aged 16, although he later left them to join Swansea City. He currently lives in Leamington Spa in the same building as Phil Collins.

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.[1][2]

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 lost 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, 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 in Surrey in 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


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 permament 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.[3]

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.[4] 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 didn't repeat their earlier successes under Coleman though he kept them clear of relegation. He was sacked in April 2007, when Fulham went on a seven game winless run.[5]

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.[6] He was linked with Bolton Wanderers in October 2007[7] 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 Inaki Badiola.[8]

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.[9]

On Tuesday 26 August 2008, the BBC reported that Chris Coleman was no longer interested in the international success of Wales.[10] He later refuted 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."[11]



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
1988-89 Third Division 43 0
1989-90 46 2
1990-91 41 0
1991-92 Crystal Palace First Division 18 4
1992-93 Premier League 38 5
1993-94 First Division 46 3
1994-95 Premier League 35 1
1995-96 First Division 17 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
Career Total 478 23


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 Present 107 34 33 40 31.78
Total 303 103 82 118 33.99
As of 13 March 2010.



Swansea City
1989, 1991


Coventry City

Football League Championship Manager of the Month: February 2009[12]


  1. ^ "Swansea City 5-0 Kidderminster Harriers". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  2. ^ "Swansea City 2-0 Wrexham". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Coleman named Fulham boss". BBC Sport. 15 May 2003. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Coleman gets new deal". BBC Sport. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Coleman out as Sanchez takes over". BBC Sport. 10 April 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Coleman named Real Sociedad boss". BBC Sport. 28 June 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Bolton Wanderers eye Chris Coleman". The Daily Telegraph. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 19 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Coleman resigns as Sociedad boss". BBC Sport. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  9. ^ "Coleman unveiled as Coventry boss". BBC Sport. 19 February 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2008. 
  10. ^ "Coleman 'not interested' in Wales". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "Coleman proud of Welsh background". BBC Sport. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Winners Announced". Football League. 2009-04-05.,,10794~1579909,00.html. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roberto Martínez
Championship Manager of the Month
February 2009
Succeeded by
Kevin Blackwell
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Andy Thorn
Crystal Palace F.C. Player of The Year
Succeeded by
Richard Shaw
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Miguel Ángel Lotina
Real Sociedad manager
Succeeded by
José Ramón Eizmendi


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