Chris Coleman was confirmed as the new manager of Wales on January 19, 2012 to become the 12th permanent manager of Wales.

Coleman has previously managed in the Premier League, Championship and also in La Liga.

Born in Swansea on June 10, 1970, Coleman began his playing career at Manchester City. To date, Coleman has previously managed Fulham in the Barclays Premier League as well as Spanish giants Real Sociedad.

Coleman made his professional debut at Swansea aged 17 before a £275,000 move to Crystal Palace in the newly formed Premier League.

In the summer of 1995, Blackburn Rovers paid £2.8 million to secure his services.

After Blackburn, Fulham then signed Coleman for £2 million and was made club captain. He led Fulham to promotion in 1998/99 when Kevin Keegan was manager and he continued in the role under Jean Tigana.

Coleman earned 32 caps for Wales in a career that was cut short through injury.

Coleman then became a coach at Fulham under Tigana and after a spell as caretaker in April 2003 he was appointed on a permanent basis in May. This resulted in Coleman becoming the youngest manager in the Barclays Premier League.

During his time in charge Fulham finished 9th in 2003/04, 13th in 2004/05 and then 12th in 2005/06. Fulham and Coleman then went their seperate ways in April 2007.

Coleman became manager of Real Sociedad in June 2007 after being recommended by John Toshack.

Coleman then departed Sociedad in January 2008, leaving the side in fifth place in the league.

He succeeded Iain Dowie in February 2008 and became the 37th manager in Coventry City's history.

In his first full season in charge at the Ricoh, Coleman led Coventry to The FA Cup quarter finals. He parted company with the club at the end of the 09/10 season.

Before joining the FAW, Coleman briefly managed Greek side Larissa. His appointment with Wales followed the tragic death of Gary Speed in November 2011. Chris was tasked with building on the excellent foundations put in place by Gary and to continue his legacy.

Honours (1)
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    • Coventry City:
      • Manager of the Month, Sky Bet Championship, (2009-02-01)
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