Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Coleman sacked by Fulham

Chris Coleman has been sacked as Fulham manager and replaced by Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez in a caretaker role.

Seven games without a win has seen Fulham drop to 15th place in the Premiership, only four points above the relegation zone, and the Welshman who has been manager at the club since April 2003 had been the subject of increasing pressure from Fulham's fans.

The club announced Coleman's departure on its website late on Tuesday saying there was no alternative but "to part company".

Coleman's assistant Steve Kean will also be replaced with immediate effect and the club said that they had agreed terms with the Irish FA for Sanchez to take control of team affairs until the end of the season.

The statement from the club said: "Chris Coleman has provided a fantastic service during his ten years at the club and it is disappointing that the club has no alternative but to part company.

"As a team and organisation Fulham Football Club has goals to attain and success to achieve and by no means can this be compromised."

Coleman's four year managerial reign at Fulham saw him take charge in 176 matches, of which he won 61, drew 44 but lost 71.

Fulham have won only seven of 33 matches in the Premiership this season and face both Arsenal and Liverpool in their remaining five matches of the campaign.


The Gaffer said...

After being on the hot seat for 3 years he finally gets the boot. That begs a few questions though...

1. Why this late in the season, that means Fulham not completely out of the drop zone can go down

2. What will happen to all the American players on that team with a new Gaffer coming in??

It will be interesting to say the least. I think teams like Wigan, West Ham and Charlton will be excited and glad to pull Fulham into the drop mix.

Mustafa Redonkulous said...

Fayed is a donkey. He suckered VDS into coming to Fulham and now he sacks the guy that has kept them up without many resources. The Fulham fans that were backing his sacking are foolish too.

Sanchez is fine but why come in at this point?

Glendon said...

Charlton stay up and Fulham will drop now.

The Gaffer said...

I agree with your Mustafa... why bring in Sanchez now. It reminds me of what Al Fayed did with Tigana and also moving the club side back to Craven Cottage.

Maybe if you start treating the Brits with respect they will give you citizenship.. LOL