Chris Coleman has been sacked by Chinese club Hebei China Fortune after just eleven months in charge. The 48-year-old’s old side are second bottom of the Chinese Super League and have just one win in nine league games this season.
Coleman has enjoyed a pretty up and down managerial career of late. He was in charge of the Welsh national team for five successful years, famously taking them to the semis of Euro 2016 in one of the greatest achievements ever seen in the competition.
He then had a less fruitful time at Sunderland – taking the Black Cats into League One following relegation from the Championship. His previous work experience includes two decent jobs at Fulham and Real Sociedad, a pretty poor time at Coventry City and a forgettable experience in Greece with AEL.
Can’t afford the risk
Coleman’s CV is full of ups and downs. He quite often follows a good job with a bad one. Celtic simply can’t afford for the next appointment to blow up in their face. We need a secure appointment who will win the title at the very least.
Most of the recent hype surrounding Coleman has centered around the job he did with Wales between 2012 and 2017. While the team undoubtedly improved under his stewardship, it is difficult to see how much of an effect he actually had. There is a feeling that the golden Welsh generation would’ve performed under any manager. This feeling has been heightened given their recent displays under rookie manager Ryan Giggs.
Celtic can’t afford to take a gamble with the next appointment. It has to be someone with an impressive track record of improving teams. A manager who has experience of winning trophies would also be beneficial.
Coleman has never won an honour while working as a manager. That should surely rule him out of the running.