How Chris Coleman galvanised wondeful Wales
Nine years ago on Monday, Chris Coleman was appointed manager of Real Sociedad. It was not a happy experience. Although he picked up 31 points from 21 games before being dismissed the following January, his time in San Sebastian has come to be remembered for one incident that happened towards the end of the November. He missed a training session and, when asked about it, blamed a faulty washing-machine that had leaked all over his apartment. Which might have been understandable had the Spanish press not seen him dancing into the early hours at a student disco.