Wales Manager Chris Coleman to be offered the freedom of Swansea

Chris Coleman, manager of Wales football squad, is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea.

Coleman and his team returned from France to a hero’s welcome after taking Wales to their first semi-final ever.

Chris Coleman is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea. Credit: PA

Freedom of the City is the highest honour the people of Swansea can confer on one of its own.

And after the amazing, incredible exploits of the last month in France, I think I can safely say everyone in Swansea believes it’s richly-deserved.

In interviews Chris has been saying he hopes the France adventure has fully established Wales on the footballing map.

We can say it’s not just Wales but Swansea too.

To reach the European Championship semi-final is fantastic in itself. But the team has been outstanding ambassadors for Wales on and off the field, and the leadership Chris has shown truly demonstrates that being #TogetherStronger is a story of shared experience and shared character we can all be part of.

– David Hopkins, Lord Mayor of Swansea
Credit: PA

Chris Coleman was born in Swansea in 1970.

He went to St Joseph’s RC Primary School and to Bishop Vaughan RC Comprehensive.

He played for Swansea City 160 times and for Wales 32 times.

After leaving Swansea in 1991, he went on to play for Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham, and later had spells as manager at Fulham, Coventry and Spanish side Real Sociedad.

He was appointed Wales manager in the tragic and difficult aftermath of the death of his good friend Gary Speed in 2012.

From there he built a team that qualified for its first major championships in 58 years.