Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wales coach Chris Coleman agrees to take Sunderland job

Wales coach Chris Coleman agrees to take Sunderland job

Chris Coleman quit as Wales manager on Friday (Nov 17) to take over at English Championship club Sunderland after he failed to steer his country to the World Cup.

We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future'.

A statement on the FAW's official website read, "Regretfully, Chris Coleman has resigned from his position as Wales National Team Manager with immediate effect".

He became Wales manager in January 2012 following the tragic death of Gary Speed and built a team around Real Madrid winger Bale that shocked Europe's elite nations to reach the last four at Euro 2016 in France. Robbie Stockdale will remain in charge in a caretaker capacity for Saturday's home game against Millwall, with Coleman set to be in the dugout for the first time on Tuesday night, when Sunderland travel to Aston Villa.

Coleman will now take over at Sunderland, succeeding Simon Grayson who was sacked after the Black Cats plummeted to the bottom of the Championship following their relegation from the top-flight.

But Coleman's appointment will be seen as something of a coup for Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain.

Disappointment followed as Wales failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation. He also had short spells overseas with Spanish club Real Sociedad and Greek side AEL.

The Football Association of Wales has not announced his replacement. However, he failed to help the Dragons qualify for the next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

But Coleman recovered from those early difficulties to leave an indelible mark on Welsh football.

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