‘Put your willies away, it’s Michael Jackson’ – Ex-Fulham manager Chris Coleman recalls the one defining feature he remembers from meeting the King of Pop

Former Fulham manager Chris Coleman faces the media prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cp qualifier against Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.
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It’s not often you get to meet one of life’s true megastars, so it’s little wonder Barry Hayles and Chris Coleman did double takes when Michael Jackson arrived at Craven Cottage during their time at Fulham.

Coleman made 136 appearances for the Cottagers after arriving from Blackburn Rovers, with chairman Mohamed Al Fayed paying what was then a club-record fee of £2.1 million for his services in 1997.

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Andy Wright

Andy is a freelance sports journalist whose work has appeared across a number of print and online titles, including Golf Monthly, Eurosport and TNT Sports. He graduated in 2019 and began his career working in golf before joining Future in February 2021 as a staff writer for Golf Monthly. Andy has since decided to branch out into other sports and now covers football, rugby, snooker, UFC, Formula 1, boxing, and others. He is a Manchester United fan and joins the FourFourTwo team at an interesting time for his club and the game as a whole.

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