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Ex-Sunderland and Wales boss Chris Coleman sacked as manager of Hebei China Fortune as angry fans get their wish
LANGFANG, CHINA – APRIL 27: Head Coach Christopher Patrick Coleman of Hebei China Fortune reacts during 2019 China Super League between Hebei China Fortune and Beijing Renhe at Langfang Sports Center on April 27, 2019 in Langfang, China. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)
Chris Coleman has been sacked by Hebei China Fortune just days after disgruntled fans unfurled a banner calling for the former Welsh manager to be fired.
Coleman only took over the Chinese Super League club 11 months ago after Manuel Pellegrini left to join West Ham.
But this season Hebei are one place off the bottom of the table with only one win and two draws in their opening nine games of the season.
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As they lost 3-2 at home to mid-table Henan Jianye on Saturday, disaffected fans held up a banner which read: Hello Mr. Coleman, please go home! Youre fired!!! and in Chinese said: Coleman, your mum wants you home for dinner.
And it appears the supporters have got their wish after the club confirmed Colemans departure in a social media post.
It stated: After friendly negotiation and agreement reached between the two parties, with immediate effect, Mr Chris Coleman will no longer serve as head coach.
The managers wife, ex-Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson, took to social media after the announcement and revealed they had hoped to depart prior to the season after losing a raft of players, but a move away was blocked.
In total, Hebei won just seven of 30 games under the Welshman, who has been replaced on an interim basis by caretaker coach Xie Feng.
Xie will oversee the teams next fixture on Sunday against Tianjin Teda.
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