Chris Coleman set to be named new manager of Sunderland

Lawrence Cooper
November 18, 2017

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson's successor over the weekend in what will be a major boost for Sunderland and a huge blow for the Football Association of Wales, which had hoped to persuade Coleman to sign a new contract.

"We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about".

Coleman's reputation sky-rocketed after leading Wales - previously without a major tournament appearance since 1958 - to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, but he was unable to follow that up with qualification for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Coleman's decision to leave global football will come as a massive disappointment to the Wales players, who made their feelings known as to how desperate they were for him to continue in the job after his spectacular success. However, he was unable to build on the momentum from their successful France 2016 campaign and qualify the team for next summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup Russiaâ„¢.

Sunderland are reportedly moving for Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom rather than Ally McCoist.

Coleman will inherit a club in a state if flux on and off the pitch with financial constraints having severely hampered predecessors David Moyes and Grayson and the Black Cats in danger of suffering successive relegations.

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Ally McCoist has revealed that he would be interested in holding discussions over the vacant managerial position at Sunderland. However, he would face a hard job if he took the role.

Caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale will be in charge for tomorrow's game against Millwall (3pm).

He took them to ninth in the Premier League but lost his job in 2007 and moved to Real Sociedad.

Failing that, Coleman could opt to take his leave and try his hand at club football management for the first time since leaving Greek side Larissa in 2011.

He took over Wales at a dark period in their history but led the nation to its greatest-ever success.

Wales finished in third place in Europe's Group D in World Cup qualifying.

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