Chris Coleman

Where is Chris Coleman now?

After a car crash prematurely ended his playing career at the age of 31, Chris Coleman moved into a coaching career with Fulham in 2002.

Initially working under manager Jean Tigana, Coleman took over first-team affairs as caretaker manager when Tigana was sacked in April 2003 and successfully steered Fulham away from relegation danger.

Due to his success, Coleman was appointed permanent manager in May 2033, making him the youngest manager in the Premier League.

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A fine first season saw Fulham finishing in ninth place but after selling a lot of their best players over the coming years including the likes of Edwin van der Sar and Louis Saha, the team struggled and Coleman was sacked in 2007.

After brief spells with Real Sociedad and Coventry City, Coleman embarked on a new career in the media as a co-commentator for ITV and a pundit for Sky Sports.

In 2011, Coleman made a return to football management with Greek side Larissa but left after just seven months when the club fell into financial difficulties.

However, he was only out of work for a matter of days before he was appointed as successor to the late Gary Speed as the Welsh national team manager.

After missing out on qualification to the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, Coleman’s Wales team managed to qualify for Euro 2016, the first time they had qualified for a major tournament since 1958.

The team was a revelation in the tournament, topping their group (which included England), and beating Northern Ireland and a highly fancied Belgium team before losing in the semi-finals to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.

Due to his success with Wales, Hull City approached the Football Association of Wales for permission to talk to Coleman about becoming their new manager but the approach was immediately rejected.

After failing to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Coleman left his role as Wales head coach in November 2017 and joined struggling Championship side Sunderland on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Unfortunately Coleman was unable to improve a poor Sunderland side and he was sacked in April 2017 having won only five of his 29 games in charge.

However, he wasn’t out of the game for long and just two months later joined Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune as the club’s head coach.

After a difficult year at the club with losing players and not being allowed to sign replacements, Coleman was sacked in May 2019 with the club one place off the bottom of the league.

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Chris Coleman: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forCrystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers

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