After his appointment as Wales manager in January 2012, Chris Coleman oversaw an impressive resurgence of the national team. Coleman’s side entered the top 10 of the Fifa rankings and went on to seal a place in the European Championship Finals for the first time in their history, reaching the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Portugal.
As a player, Coleman was a stylish defender with natural leadership ability. At 17, he made his professional playing debut for his home town club Swansea City, before going on to play for Crystal Palace, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. Coleman represented Wales between 1992 and 2002.
On hanging up his boots in 2002 and at just 33, he became the then youngest Premier League manager when appointed Fulham boss. He impressed immediately as a manager, steering the Cottagers away from the threat of relegation in the 2002/03 season, before going onto cement their status as a solid Premier League side.
As well as managing Coventry City, Coleman gained valuable overseas management experience first with Spanish side Real Sociedad, and then Greek outfit Larissa. After leaving the Wales job in 2017, Coleman has gone on to manage Sunderland and Hebei China Fortune.