Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Coleman quits as Wales manager, poised for Sunderland job

Coleman quits as Wales manager, poised for Sunderland job

After over five years in charge of the Wales national team, 47-year-old manager Chris Coleman has announced his resignation, according to a statement published by the Football Association of Wales.

The Rangers legend is one of a number of names who have been linked with the job at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats being without a permanent boss since sacking Simon Grayson at the end of October.

Appointed as the late Gary Speed's successor in January 2012, Coleman will go down as the most successful manager in his country's history after leading Wales to the European Championship semi-finals a year ago.

The Championship outfit have undergone a painstaking search over the past three weeks as they look to appoint the right man to lead them out of the bottom of the league table and into the upper echelons of England's second division.

Chris Coleman has agreed to become the new Sunderland manager.

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Former Fulham and Coventry City boss Coleman will team up with Wales internationals Jonny Williams, on loan from Crystal Palace, and right-back Adam Matthews at Sunderland - both of which have played under Coleman at global level.

Coleman's future was uncertain after failing to reach next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Previously he had taken charge at Fulham between 2003 and 2007 before stints at Real Sociedad and Coventry City.

But sources on Wearside have indicated that no appointment is imminent with the search having entered its third week, and that caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale could still be at the helm for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship clash with Millwall if there are no significant developments over the next 48 hours. However, he would face a hard job if he took the role.

There was speculation that Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill had turned down an opportunity to manage the club and Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom had also been heavily linked with the vacancy.

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