He's ours! Coleman's Wales arrival clouded as former club launch legal action over boss
Greek club Larissa have threatened legal action against Chris Coleman after revealing the new Wales manager is still THEIR boss.
The extraordinary admission follows a Coleman's dignified entrance as the late Gary Speed's successor in charge of the Welsh national team.
New man: Chris Coleman poses with the Wales shirt
Second division Larissa, however, insist Coleman is still under a one-year contract despite the former Fulham boss citing personal problems and the club's financial problems behind his departure earlier this month just seven months into the job.
The club released a statement reacted
to the news of his Wales appointment, saying Coleman has not signed a
contract termination agreement.
It read: 'On January 8, 2012, Chris
Coleman gave his last interview as head coach of Larissa, saying the
causes of his departure were unrelated to the national team of his
country; today, 11 days afterwards it has been announced officially that
he will be the new national coach of Wales.
Emotional: Chris Coleman speaking in Cardiff today
'Once it became known that Chris
Coleman, who has a contract until next June, would be leaving, the club
has been heavily criticised despite the president saying publicly he did
everything to keep Coleman at the club.
'Instead of asking for an apology
from all those who criticised us, we instead feel the need to apologise
for our choice in appointing Chris Coleman.'
Coleman now faces potential court
action after a Larissa spokesman added: 'We have started legal
proceedings in order to claim compensation from the Welsh FA.
'We are also prepared to take the matter to FIFA.'
Sombre: Chris Coleman flanked by FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford (left) and president Phil Pritchard at the St David's Hotel in Cardiff
Despite Larissa's threat,
the FAW will be hoping that Coleman can continue the progress that
Wales had made with Speed in charge, with the Dragons winning four of
their final five games during the former midfielder Speed's tenure
before his tragic death in November.
That run of results moved Wales into the world's top 50 and earned them the tag of 2011's highest climbers in the FIFA rankings.
Former Wales manager Mark Hughes has backed the appointment of Chris Coleman as national team manager.
'It was important to make the right
decision and I think Chris will do a great job there,' said Hughes, who
almost took Wales to the European Championships eight years ago.
'He is a very proud Welshman like I
was and a close personal friend of Gary and I think he will respect the
legacy Gary has left behind.
'I am sure they will go forward. They have a good group of very promising youngsters that have come through together.
'If they keep progressing at the rate
they are at the moment, it is an exciting time for Welsh football and
hopefully Chris can guide that.'
Old pals: Gary Speed and Coleman together with Wales
Popular: Wales players admired former manager Gary Speed
Stoke manager Tony Pulis considers his fellow Welshman Coleman to have ideal credentials for the task of succeeding Speed.
'All the people who helped Gary, helped him get the results while he was in the job, should get behind Chris now and the country can push forward,' Pulis said.
Results improved significantly under Speed and Pulis hopes Coleman can carry on the good work and take Wales to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
'There are some great young players in Wales, and hopefully there are some good times to come,' Pulis said.
'They've picked a man who is a good football man, and I'm sure he will do a great job there.
'Now he should be given the opportunity and the chance to hopefully put together a team that will get us qualified.'
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, a
Northern Irishman, was also supportive of the appointment, and he
believes Coleman is approaching the task confronts him with the right
'I spoke to Chris after our game here
last Sunday against Arsenal, and I know he was really looking forward
to hopefully being appointed the (Wales) manager,' Rodgers said.
'It is always going to be a difficult
one, coming after Gary, who did an incredible job and really set up the
framework for the nation to move on.
'Chris coming in, he's got big
experience also at the highest level, both as a player and a manager,
and I know he is a guy who works well with players.
'He understands how delicate it is,
but the overall objective would be to get to the World Cup and I know he
will work very hard to do that.
'There is real talent. You look how
well they (Wales) have performed in the last year or so, and it
demonstrates that the future is very bright for Welsh football.
'I think Chris has taken over a very talented group, and he knows that.'