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WALES: CHRIS COLEMAN
Chris Coleman’s stock has risen after Wales’ fantastic achievements in France. The manager is contracted for another two years but his success with the national team has already attracted interested clubs, with Hull City rejected when making an approach for the boss.
Chris Coleman, who celebrated his 46th birthday in June, led Wales to the semi-finals of the European Championship finals with his common-sense approach and team bonding.
As a player, the Swansea-born former central defender won schoolboy caps for Wales and was signed by Manchester City, though his stay was short.
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 twice.
He moved to Crystal Palace in 1991 for £250,000 and during his time at Selhurst Park, 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 £2.8 million, in 1995. In 1997 he joined Fulham for £2 million 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 playing days as he was unable to fully recover from the leg injuries received.
He made a final emotional appearance for Wales in 2002, coming on as a last minute substitute against Germany in a friendly.
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 at the age of 32.
Chris spent four years at Fulham before a short spell in Spain at Real Sociedad. His next club was Coventry City in 2008 where he stayed for two years. He then had a short spell with Larissa in Greece, but this ended in January 2012 when he left the club before becoming Wales’ manager.
He finished the World Cup qualifiers with a win, against Macedonia, and a draw in Brussels against Belgium.
And the good work has continued in the European Championship qualifiers, with Wales winning their group before beating Northern Ireland and Belgium, before losing to eventual winners Portugal in the semi-finals.