Chris Coleman joins a growing list of patrons of SRtRC and will support the campaign in Wales.
We are thrilled to have Chris supporting us in Wales and further shows the relationship and backing we have with the Football Association of Wales.
Jason Webber - Campaign Worker Wales
Campaign Worker Jason Webber recently met Chris Coleman about our work in Wales and the challenges we face to eradicate racism from football and society.
Coleman is fully supportive of the campaign and the message, he said: “I am honoured to be a patron of such an important organisation and commit myself full to kicking racism out of sport.”
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.
Chris Coleman will be in charge of a Football Association of Wales Sporting legends team that will be playing a SRtRC select Xl at Newport Stadium in October during the Fortnight of Action – more details to follow, watch this space……