Published: Sun, November 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Chris Coleman confirms Sunderland job and will take charge against Aston Villa

Chris Coleman confirms Sunderland job and will take charge against Aston Villa

Sunderland expect to appoint Chris Coleman as their new manager within the next 48 hours.

Coleman, who led a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, will be given the job of lifting Sunderland off the bottom of the table and ultimately winning promotion back to the Premier League.

The 47-year-old is set to be officially appointed by the Black Cats by the end of the weekend as he brings his memorable spell as the national team boss to an end.

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.

Success came, albeit slowly, with Wales missing out on the 2014 World Cup before qualifying for the 2016 Euros where he really made his name.

Wales manager Chris Coleman looks on after the International match between Wales and Panama at Cardiff City Stadium
Chris Coleman set for Sunderland job after resigning from Wales

The FAW have also confirmed Coleman's assistant Kit Symons' resignation.

The FAW are now on the hunt for Coleman's replacement and he believes his successor must be Welsh.

He then goes on to confirm a return to club level for Coleman, "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 will replace Simon Grayson, who was sacked last month after just one win in 15 league matches.

While Coleman now faces a huge challenge at the Stadium of Ligh, Ryan Giggs and West Brom boss Tony Pulis are the two favourites to take over in the Welsh hot-seat.

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