Christopher Patrick Coleman, OBE (born 10 June 1970) is a Welsh professional football coach and former player, who most recently served as the manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune from June 2018 until May 2019.
As a player, Coleman usually played in defence, while also occasionally appearing as a forward.
He began his career at Manchester City, leaving as a teenager to make his debut for hometown team Swansea City in 1987.
In 1991, he joined Crystal Palace, whom he represented in the Premier League.
He spent a year-and-a-half at league champions Blackburn Rovers before signing for Fulham in 1997, helping the team to two promotions from the third tier to the top flight.
He won 32 caps playing for Wales.
Coleman's playing career ended at the age of 32, when his leg was broken in a car crash.
Following this, he started his coaching career at Fulham.
In his first full season as manager, he guided the club to ninth place in the 2003–04 Premier League.
After leaving Fulham, Coleman was appointed manager of Real Sociedad, where he resigned in January 2008 due to differences with the incoming president.
He returned to England to manage Coventry City, but was dismissed in May 2010 following a poor run of results.
Coleman then managed Greek side AEL for the first half of the 2011–12 season before resigning due to financial troubles at the club.
In 2012, he took over as Wales national team manager after the death of Gary Speed, and led Wales to UEFA Euro 2016, their first major tournament since the 1958 FIFA World Cup, where they made the semi-finals.