Coventry name ex-Fulham boss Coleman as new manager

Coventry have confirmed the appointment of former Fulham manager Chris Coleman as their new boss on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

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Coleman, 37, had been out of work since leaving Spanish side Real Sociedad last month and replaces Iain Dowie, who was sacked last week.

Coleman, who played for Swansea, Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham in his playing career, takes over with the Sky Blues lying 20th in the Championship, four points clear of the relegation zone.

Chairman Ray Ranson, who took over the club two months ago and parted with Dowie saying the pair "did not share the same ideals for the club", was delighted to appoint Coleman.

He said: "Chris is a progressive young manager with excellent coaching credentials and has a real desire to deliver success for our club.

"I have been flattered by the number of top-class coaches and managers who have shown an interest in managing Coventry City, but Chris was always our number one target.

"I am looking forward to working with him we share the same passion for football and how a club should be managed, I have no doubt that he will help to take this great club forward."

"It's a new challenge, a wonderful opportunity for me and everything here is in place to move forward," said Coleman.

"It's not ideal the position we're in at the minute and we've got to improve to get out of this position but I'm very confident we can go forward - I'm sure of that. I'm under no illusions how difficult the job will be. The most important thing for me was where the club wanted to be in three or four years' time."

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