The Swansea Manager Search: Chris Coleman Heading Home?

Chris Coleman
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Is Chris Coleman heading home? After defeat to Southampton in the penultimate game of the season, Swansea were left on the brink of relegation. Their 2-1 home loss to already-relegated Stoke on the final day consigned them to the drop. Carlos Carvalhal started the season in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday and finished the season heading back there. Jaap Stam has been linked with the vacant position and also Chris Coleman. So is Chris Coleman heading home?

The Swansea Manager Search

Swansea lost their Premier League status at the end of the 2017/18 season after seven years. They have played good football and gained plaudits for their style under Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez and Garry Monk. Under Paul Clement, though, the Swans struggled and in December 2017, he was sacked. Carlos Carvalhal replaced him. Carvalhal had taken Wednesday into two successive play-offs but eventually left by mutual consent, quickly heading to Swansea.

Victories over Liverpool and Arsenal gave Carvalhal a Manager of the Month award for January but he could not keep them up. Sheffield Wednesday fans were not surprised.

Jaap Stam was not a success at Reading so Chris Coleman looks favourite to land the Swansea job and could be heading back to Wales.

Coleman Is Mustard

Chris Coleman is a passionate Welshman and that could be just what Swansea need right now; passion and commitment. Still only 47, Chris Coleman has had a surprisingly varied managerial career. He has managed Real Sociedad, Fulham, Coventry City, AEL Limassol as well as Sunderland and the Welsh national team.

The Sunderland job was a strange choice for Coleman. Having taken to Wales to the European Championship semi-finals in 2016, going to a club in a mess seemed odd. With Gareth Bale, Wales had one of the world’s best players but it was Coleman’s ability to get the best out of other players that stood out. His work with Wales raised his profile as a manager.

Managerial Statistics

Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Fulham 17 April 2003 10 April 2007 176 61 44 71 34.7 [29][54]
Real Sociedad 4 July 2007 16 January 2008 21 8 7 6 38.1 [30][32][55]
Coventry City 19 February 2008 4 May 2010 117 34 37 46 29.1 [54]
AEL 26 May 2011 10 January 2012 12 6 4 2 50.0 [54]
Wales 19 January 2012 17 November 2017 50 19 13 18 38.0 [39][51][54]
Sunderland 19 November 2017 29 April 2018 29 5 8 16 17.2 [54]
Total 405 133 113 159 32.8

Statistics from Wikipedia

Swans to Fly?

Swansea have a good fan base but the fans are unhappy with the lack of investment. With the right appointment, a quick return to the top flight is possible. Chris Coleman ticks a lot of boxes and could be the man to take himself home and Swansea back to the big time.

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