BEIJING (AP) — Chris Coleman has become the first coach fired in the 2019 Chinese Super League season.
Hebei China Fortune made the move Wednesday after the club posted just one win from nine games and with fans calling for the 48-year-old ex-Wales coach to be fired.
The big-spending Hebei, with former Barcelona star Javier Mascherano in its ranks, announced the news on social media.
“After friendly negotiation and agreement reached between the two parties, with immediate effect, Mr. Chris Coleman will no longer serve as head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the club said in a statement.
Coleman guided Wales to the semifinals of Euro 2016 and had English Premier League coaching experience with Fulham and Sunderland. He had high ambitions for Hebei after taking over as manager from former Manchester City and Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrino last June but was unable to turn the club’s performance around.
After the latest loss on Sunday, a 3 -2 loss to Henan Jianye, Hebei fans lifted a banner that read, in English, “Hello Mr. Coleman, please go home. You’re fired.”
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