Chris Coleman has agreed to become the new Sunderland manager. The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson’s successor over the weekend, according to reports
On Thursday, it was revealed that Chris Coleman was the top candidate for the Sunderland job, and the Black Cats have now convinced him to take over at the Stadium of Light.
Coleman’s future as Wales manager has been in doubt following their failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia, and he left his role on Friday after talks with the Welsh FA failed to come to a successful conclusion.
“We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end,” FA chief executive Jonathan Ford said. “The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as national team manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.
“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 decision to take over at the Stadium of Light would appear to be something of a gamble on his part given Sunderland’s problems over the past few seasons but it is a club with huge potential and Coleman has the personality to make an instant impact.
Coleman’s decision to leave international 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.