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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
Coleman gets new deal
Fulham boss Chris Coleman
Coleman has enjoyed a promising start to his managerial career
Fulham manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Steve Kean have agreed new contracts with the Premiership club.

Coleman, who took over when Jean Tigana was sacked in 2003, and his number two have agreed rolling deals.

The duo have been rewarded by the club for steering Fulham to an unexpectedly high Premiership finish last season.

"I'm delighted we've signed rolling contracts. We're both looking forward to the new season and the challenges that lie ahead," said Coleman.

He added: "Last season was a dream start to my managerial career but I am under no illusions as to how hard this next one will be.

"We have a fantastic team spirit, both on and off the pitch at Fulham.

Chris' achievements have not surprised me
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed
"It is mine and Steve's job to make sure that it remains that way, and that we continue to develop as a team and improve on the standards that we have set for ourselves."

The 33-year-old - the Premiership's youngest manager - was a surprise choice to take over from Tigana and his appointment prompted many pundits to predict a season of struggle for Fulham.

But Coleman guided the club to ninth place despite losing top goalscorer Louis Saha to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

"Many so-called experts criticised my decision to appoint Chris as manager of this club because of his lack of experience," said Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed.

"His first full season in charge astonished many of these critics, but his achievements have not surprised me.

"Chris shows true commitment and passion for the game and for this club and his hard work and dedication paid off in our highest ever finish.

"I believed that Chris was the right man to manage Fulham and I continue to believe that, so I am more than happy that he and Steve will be staying with us for a long time to come."

Fulham will return to their traditional home of Craven Cottage next season after two years groundsharing with QPR at Loftus Road.

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