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Fulham open contract talks with Coleman

last updated Wednesday 11th February 2004, 11:36 AM
Fulham have opened talks to tie manager Chris Coleman to a new contract.

Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
Fulham Manager Chris Coleman
The Cottagers chief has proved chairman Mohamed Al Fayed right to choose him ahead of George Burley and Klaus Toppmoller last summer in the race to become Jean Tigana's successor.

Coleman, who had just six months' coaching experience when handed the reins on a caretaker basis, has sparkled on his managerial debut and his side have spent much of the season inside the top six.

He is currently on a one-year rolling contract but is poised to be in the dug-out for a long time yet.

"We've had talks but not in great detail," the Welshman revealed. "But we will sit down and discuss it. We've been so busy getting players to extend their contracts that there hasn't been time to talk about me."

Coleman's close relationship with Al Fayed was the key ingredient in him landing his first manager's job - but he is not counting his chickens about a new deal just yet.

"I've always had a good relationship with the chairman but I know I'm not on a free ticket," Coleman said.

"I need to keep producing as I'm under no illusions that, if I stop producing, I'll be out. It's as simple as that.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself because I'm so determined to be successful - and I've enjoyed every minute of being manager."
Source PA Sport by Alistair Grant
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