Twitter reacts as Chris Coleman becomes the new coach of Hebei China Fortune
From the largely admired manager of Wales to the unsuccessful manager of Sunderland, Chris Coleman has now moved to China. Manuel Pellegrini left Chinese Super League club, Hebei China Fortune, to become the new West Ham United manager. As a replacement of the Chilean, the Chinese club has appointed Coleman as his successor.
From 2012-2017, Coleman managed Wales and had a pretty successful time. The Welsh national team developed by leaps and bounds under his guidance. They had a pretty successful Euro 2016 campaign, making it to the semi-finals where they lost to Portugal. He was the man who led the national team to success and attracted global attention.
In November 2017 when Coleman decided to leave his post, the national team players were shocked and angry with his decision. The manager had been poised to take up the role as Sunderland's new manager. The board was hoping that Coleman could do wonders and save the club from relegation. Unfortunately, there was no fairytale ending for the two parties as The Black Cats will play in League One next season onwards and the former Wales manager was sacked in April.
The 48-year-old manager meant a lot to the Welsh national team and many of the players had hoped that he stayed. His journey as a club manager ended up unsuccessful in the Championship so much so that he has now moved to China. Hebei China Fortune announced his appointment on the club's Weibo account before the rest of the media reported the matter.
The club finished sixth in the 2017 season and has many international players such as Gervinho and Ezequiel Lavezzi. The majority of the first team squad is made up of Chinese nationals, with just four players from the rest of the world. Here is how the world reacted to the news on Twitter.