Chris Coleman story in China


I am a big fan of Chris Coleman but since he left Wales in November 2017 his career has had some tough times. He first went to manage Sunderland in England lasting only five months. Now the Welshman is in China managing Hebei CFFC. 

How are things going in China

The Hebei coach has not found life easy in Langfang the Chinese city in the North East of the country where his new side play. However, on Saturday 11th August 2018 he picked up his first win in China. This came with his side defeating the CSL bottom club 1-0.

This was the clubs first win in six matches and will help take off some of the pressure the manager is feeling but he still has a big task to turn everything around.  

When he took up the job in China Chris Coleman talked about the challenges ahead as he said: "China is a big move from the UK and it will be a big challenge as the culture is very different."

He then took with him three interpreters to help break down the language barrier. It might be that his tactics and way of football will take a bit longer for the players to pick up. 
His team still appear to be taking time to adapt to his way of football but getting that win will help take the pressure off the manager and players.

Meanwhile, while his side only won 1-0 it was in truth a game in which they dominated but failed to capitalise on their attacking play. 

Next, up for Hebei the team currently sitting eleventh in the CSL is Shandong Luneng the side currently occupying second place in the league on Wednesday. It is clear then that there is still a big challenge ahead for Chris Coleman but he now at least has a win and a platform to improve on. 

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