The Football Association of Wales have appointed Chris Coleman as the new manager of Wales.
The FAW’S Chief Executive Jonathan Ford admitted that this had been a very difficult period following the tragic death of Gary Speed in November.
“ This has been a very difficult process .We have explored every avenue ,every scenario possible. We have taken on board the thoughts and views of the backroom staff, the players and the supporters."
"All along we believe that we have been respectful and dignified and had no wish to be involved in a public debate on the appointment of Gary’s successor."
"Gary was the manager of Welsh football and of course we want to continue his legacy. He was not a figurehead, he was the manager and that is why we have decided on the appointment of Chris Coleman to build on the excellent foundations put in place by Gary”
Swansea-born former central defender Chris Coleman is the 12th permanent manager of Wales.
As a youngster he won schoolboy caps for Wales and was signed by Manchester City, though his stay was short due to homesickness. Swansea City then signed him as a 17 year old and he was to make almost 200 appearances for the club, helping them to win the Welsh Cup on two occasions.
He moved to Crystal Palace in 1991 for a fee of £250,000 and was to become a firm favourite. He was often used as a makeshift striker and he had a decent scoring rate when he did. During his time at Palace, he won the first of his 32 senior caps for Wales after six under 18 and three under 21 caps. After more than 150 first team appearances, Chris moved to Blackburn Rovers, the then Premier League Champions for £2.8m in 1995. His appearances were limited due to a persistent Achilles injury and he decided to move-on in search of regular first team football.
It was Fulham who took him in 1997 for a fee of £2m and he was soon made club captain. His career was rejuvenated at Craven Cottage, but sadly a car crash in 2001 put paid to his career as he was unable to fully recover from the leg injuries received. He made a final emotional appearance for Wales, coming on as a last minute substitute against Germany in a friendly in 2002.
He was given the chance to join the coaching staff at Fulham and acted as caretaker manager in 2003 before being given the job permanently - making him the youngest ever Premier League Manager. After a promising first season when the team finished ninth, the second was harder and Chris left in 2007. He then had a short spell in Spain at Real Sociedad before resigning in 2008 after a difference of views with the new club president.
His next club was Coventry City in 2008 where he stayed for two years before having his contract terminated. Finally in 2011 he had a short spell with Larissa in Greece, but this ended in January 2012 when he left the club.
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