Chris Coleman: “My Greatest Signing Was Brian McBride For Fulham”

The American spent four-and-a-half years at Craven Cottage and his performances saw him become a firm favourite with the fans. It's no surprise, in that case, that Coleman has called him his finest signing during his time as a manager.
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The American spent four-and-a-half years at Craven Cottage and his performances saw him become a firm favourite with the fans. It's no surprise, in that case, that Coleman has called him his finest signing during his time as a manager.

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When you've enjoyed a managerial campaign spanning close to a decade much like former Fulham and Coventry City boss Chris Coleman, it's inevitable that you've made a signing that has made the desired impact, turning heads leaving opposition managers pondering why they didn't move for the player in question in the first place.

During his time at Craven Cottage, Coleman oversaw a number of players arrive and depart the club, including Edwin van der Sar, Steed Malbranque and Luis Boa Morte. However, the 42-year-old admits that the money he brought in from Louis Saha when he joined Manchester United was best spent on former USA Mens National Team striker Brian McBride back in the winter of 2004 when the front-man arrived from Columbus Crew.

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Speaking at the Capital One Cup Semi-Final media panel, and quizzed on the best signing he's made during his managerial career to date, Coleman said: “Pound for pound, selling Louis Saha to Manchester United in January 2004. I think we (Fulham) were fifth in the league at the time and we sold Louis for around £12m and signed Brian McBride for (US)$500,000.

“He (Brian) came in and did an unbelievable job for us, so pound for pound I'd have to say Brian McBride was my best signing.” You'd be hard pressed to argue with Coleman on the value for money on McBride, who netted an impressive 41 goals in 154 games, before departing Craven Cottage to return to the MLS for Chicago Fire in 2008.

Chris Coleman was talking ahead of this week's Capital One Cup Semi-Final first leg ties. Find out more about the competition on the official website at www.capitalonecup.co.uk or join the debate on the semi-finals on Twitter @CapitalOne_Cup using the hashtag #CapitalOneCup.