Chris Coleman has revealed that some strong advice from Sir Alex Ferguson has helped him reach the point he finds himself at today.
The Wales national team boss was told by the Manchester United legend to try his luck in the Greek second division after two uninspiring management spells with Real Sociedad and Coventry City following a decent first foray into señor caching at Fulham.
Coleman spent less than a year with AE Larissa before replacing the late Gary Speed in the Wales job and has revealed that some kind words from Fergie have assisted him in leading the Dragons making it to the semi-final of Euro2016 where they take on Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday night.
“There are a lot of good managers out of work because there are only so many jobs. If you get two jobs wrong, it’s hard to get a third one,” said Coleman.
“I got it wrong at Coventry. I should have done better. Then I was out of work for a year and went to the Greek second division. I went there on the advice of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“He said ‘take the next job that comes up’ and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. You find out a lot about yourself when you’re out of a comfortable environment.”
He added: “The next job was this one. I’m glad I did it and would do it again whenever my time is finished here. I would love to work abroad again because it made me better.”