Published: Fri, November 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chris Coleman on brink of accepting Black Cats job — Next Sunderland manager

Chris Coleman on brink of accepting Black Cats job — Next Sunderland manager

The Black Cats stand-in refused to be drawn on whether he would end up staying on until the end of the season presumably all too aware that Coleman was in talks with the Sunderland hierarchy.

It marks something of a coup for Sunderland, to entice the highly-rated 47-year-old, who took Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 just 18 months ago.

Sources in Wales believe Coleman could be unveiled by the end of the weekend and take charge for the trip to Aston Villa.

The capture of Coleman is a massive coup for Sunderland after they made him their No1 target to replace Simon Grayson earlier this week.

As reported by The Independent, both Gareth Bale and skipper Ashley Williams were influential in convincing Coleman to consider seeing out his contract with Wales following last month's World Cup qualifier defeat by the Republic of Ireland, but the 47-year-old is set on returning to club life.

However, Wales failed to replicate that form in their World Cup campaign and have missed out on the showpiece in Russian Federation next summer.

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

The Wales Football Association had hoped to persuade Coleman to stay on to lead their challenge to qualify for the European Championships in 2020, but it is thought he has told them he wants to leave and his move to Sunderland should be confirmed in the next 24 hours.

The move comes after Wales failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, a huge disappointed after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

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