Sunderland target Coleman steps down as Wales manager

18 November, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Taking the Sunderland job will mean a return to club management for the first time in five years for Coleman.

They lie at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of Saturday's clash with Millwall, for which Robbie Stockdale will be in charge, and have not won a league game on their own pitch since December past year.

Coleman began his managerial career at Fulham, spending four years in charge of the Whites before a poor run of form saw him axed by Mohamed Al Fayed.

Sunderland are now bottom of the Championship after a awful start to the season.

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.

Coleman, who succeeded Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, is the country's most successful coach, having led them to the semi-final stage of the Euros a year ago.

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The Football Association of Wales confirmed Coleman's departure on Friday night. His best achievement for Wales was guiding them to the Semi-Finals of Euro 2016 in France.

Coleman's decision to leave worldwide 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.

"Kit Symons has also resigned from his position as National Team Coach and the FAW would like to put on record its gratitude for his commitment to the Wales National Team".

The former Wales boss spoke about Sunderland in glowing terms in September when Williams joined the Black Cats on deadline day.

"But he had a big smile on his face, he's going to an incredible club and I think they'll like his football up there".


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