Wales appoint Coleman amid controversy

Wales have unveiled Chris Coleman as their new manager, but the coach’s former club Larissa are set to challenge his appointment reports the Daily Mail.

Coleman has become the national side’s boss after the tragic suicide of Gary Speed, leaving Greek club Larissa to join up with his country.

The Greek team are unhappy with Coleman’s appointment however, saying he is still their boss and have threatened Wales with legal action.

“On January 8, 2012, Chris Coleman gave his last interview as head coach of Larissa, saying the causes of his departure were unrelated to the national team of his country; today, 11 days afterwards it has been announced officially that he will be the new national coach of Wales,” an official Larissa statement reads.

“Once it became known that Chris Coleman, who has a contract until next June, would be leaving, the club has been heavily criticised despite the president saying publicly he did everything to keep Coleman at the club.

“Instead of asking for an apology from all those who criticised us, we instead feel the need to apologise for our choice in appointing Chris Coleman.

“We have started legal proceedings in order to claim compensation from the Welsh FA.

“We are also prepared to take the matter to FIFA,” it concluded.

Despite this, Coleman’s appointment has been widely stated as a positive move for the country, with fellow Welsh coaches Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis hailing his arrival.

By Gareth McKnight