As Chris Coleman settles into his role as the NEW manger of the Wales team, there is one person that is amazed that the Welshman ever embarked on a career in football management in the first place. Steve Coppell, who managed Coleman during his days at Crystal Palace wonders if he had completed his footballing career (cut short by injury) as to whether he would have made the steps to be a coach.
“Well, Chris Coleman I certainly didn’t think would be a manager. He’s one of those larger than life characters and I didn’t think he’d go into it. Maybe if he had completed his footballing career then he might not have gone into management.
“There is something about players getting injured and still feeling they have something to offer. That maybe explains his entry into management. He has of course gone on to do well and earned Fulham a top half of the table finish in the Premier League.”
While Coppell may have had his doubts about Coleman getting into management, he had little doubt about Alan Pardew moving into the managerial arena and he always felt would make it as a top manager.
“The one player I always thought would be a good manager is Alan Pardew. He managed when he played and he was so down to earth, and he has proven himself to be a top manager now.
“I signed him from non-league, from Yeovil, when he was about 25 and he played in the Cup final for me. He always managed his own Sunday team and was very interested in everything to do with the job. He was a leader. Even though he came from that non-league background he had a seniority about him which gave him a presence. It was no surprise to me when he went on to management and is now doing so well at Newcastle.”
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