Former Rovers man lands new managerial role overseas

Ex-Rovers defender Chris Coleman <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Ex-Rovers defender Chris Coleman (Image: PA)

Former Rovers defender Chris Coleman has landed a new managerial role overseas with Cypriot side AEL Limassol.

Coleman, who spent a couple of years at Ewood Park after the Premier League title success in 1995, had been out of football since leaving Greek outfit Atmoritos last October.

His new club finished ninth in the Cypriot First Division last season and recently parted ways with Alexandros Garpozis.

Coleman - who also played for Manchester City, Swansea and Crystal Palace among others - began his managerial journey at Fulham in 2003, initially on an interim basis before being named the permanent boss.

The 53-year-old then had spells abroad with Real Sociedad and Larissa, as well as managing Coventry in the Championship for a couple of years.

He is best known for guiding Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 – the first time they had ever reached the last four of a major tournament.

The run included a memorable victory against a Belgium side featuring the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne before eventually being knocked out by Portugal.

Coleman stepped down from his role with the national team to take charge at Sunderland in 2017, succeeding Simon Grayson in the hot seat, but only lasted several months before he was sacked by the Black Cats.

He also had a stint in charge at Hebei China Fortune in the Chinese Super League before heading to Atmoritos.

The Welshman recently took charge of a Wales side against England in Swansea to support charities such as the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Joseph’s Smile.