Sunderland to appoint Chris Coleman as manager

Ross Houston
November 18, 2017

Sunderland have been on the hunt for a new boss since sacking Simon Grayson on October 31 - less than 20 minutes after the 3-3 draw with Bolton.

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, said: "We are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end".

He became Wales manager in January 2012 following the tragic death of Gary Speed and built a team around Real Madrid winger Bale that shocked Europe's elite nations to reach the last four at Euro 2016 in France.

Sunderland fans, what do you make to the appointment of Coleman? We and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over six years.

The Black Cats are staring at the possibility of a second successive relegation, given their current position at the bottom of the Championship table after 16 games.

We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future'.

Michael O'Neill, Ally McCoist and Paul Heckingbottom had also been linked to the job with the Black Cats.

However, chief executive Martin Bain has staged something of a coup to land a man whose stock could hardly be higher despite missing out on World Cup qualification last month.

Coleman, who succeeded Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, is the country's most successful coach, having led them to the semi-final stage of the Euros a year ago.

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as manager of the club by Sunday, ready to take charge of his first match at home to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

The former Crystal Palace defender has admitted this year he will leave the Wales post after the World Cup qualifying campaign, though the FA have hopes of him staying on. He also had short spells overseas with Spanish club Real Sociedad and Greek side AEL.

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