hris Coleman OBE was born on the 10th June 1970 born in Swansea South Wales, UK. He is a professional manager and former player and mainly played as a defender.
Chris started his career at Manchester City but never made a single appearance for the club, so he left to go to his hometown club, Swansea City, due to mainly being homesick. Chris made his debut as a teenager, just 17. In the start of 1987, Chris nearly made 200 appearances for the South Wales Club Swansea City. In 1989 and 1991 Chris helped Swansea City to win the Welsh Cup.
After spending four years at Swansea and playing around 200 games for Swansea and scoring a handful of goals for the club, he moved to London to play for Crystal Palace, the transfer fee was decided by the Football League tribunal and it was around £250,000. At Palace, Chris Play mainly at a makeshift forward in his first season. As Palace finished the season 10th place in the newly formed Premier League, only to be relegated the following season. Having been in Division One they were promoted back into the Premier League within the first year as Division One Champions. which is for me a good achievement as some teams doesn't achieve things like that, I can't remember in 2007 (I think or 2008) season Bristol City were promoted to the Championship and the following season were 90 mins away from achieving the unthinkable by nearly achieving promotion to the Premier League only to be beaten in Championship Play-off Final by Hull City. In the following season when Palace was back into the Premier League, they were relegated back down to the Division one. In 1995 Chris made his first Internation appearance for Wales.
In December 1995, Chris was sold to Blackburn Rovers (the defending Premier Champions) in a £2.8million transfer deal, he made 28 appearances for Blackburn, over a 1 and a half years at the club, when he found himself out of the starting line-up, he made a gamble of dropping down the league to play for Fulham in late 1997, who they were fiance by a wealthy owner, who paid out £2.1 Million for Coleman, who very quickly became the club caption under Kevin Keegan., in the 1998-1998 season he led Fulham to promotion in the first Divison, after Fulham brought in a new manager he stayed as club caption, and in the 2000-2001 season halfway through Chris broke his leg in a crash, but despite recovering from the break, he played in a reserve match and realised he couldn't play at the highest level (which for some people they can find it hard to drop down the leagues). In October 2002 Chris announce his retirement, and stayed on as a coaching staff at the club.
Chris was appointed the manager of Fulham in April 2003, after taking the role over from a caretaker boss who was from France. He kept Fulham clear of relegation with there success, but following the slow decline in results following seasons, Fulham sacked Chris near the end of the 2006-2007 season with a 7 game winless streak. Following year Fulham key plays such as Saha, Edwin Van Der Sar were sold. Chris also managed Coventry City and Real Sociedad.
On the 19th January 2012, Chris took over the Wales managing position, when his friend Gary sadly passed away the previous November. Wales played Costa Rica in a match to remember the life of Gary Speed, and Chris didn't take charge of that match but did let Osian Roberts take charge of that match. Chris first match came in a 2-0 defeat away to Mexico on the 27th May 2012. In October 2015 Chris took Wales to their best ever rankings to 8th place. Chris also managed to take Wales to the Euro 2016 finals since 1958, he guided them to to the Semis-Finals and BEATING England (boo boo, the reason why I'm saying that is because I'm an Englishman) only to lose to Portugal. Chris announced in May 2016 he had signed a further 2-year deal to take Wales to the 2018 World Cup finals but failed to get them there. A few weeks later Chris announce he was resigning of the Welsh national side.
Looking over his career he had achieved some things that only some people only dream of achieving. overall he played 478 times in football league and only winning 4 medals, which is not that bad at all: wished I could achieve that in my lifetime but I'm not good enough to play, unfortunately.
His record as a manager altogether. Games: 422, won: 138, draw: 119, and lost: 165. win %: 32.7%
I would like to wish Chris good luck with his future career in management.