Chris Coleman resigns as Wales manager and set to join Sunderland

Nov 19, 2017, 00:56
Chris Coleman resigns as Wales manager and set to join Sunderland

Chris Coleman has made the surprise decision to step down as Wales manager, the FAW confirmed on Friday evening.

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 took charge of the national team in January 2012 and played a key role in helping Wales reach the semi-final of the 2016 European championship.

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.

"The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years".

Wales assistant manager Kit Symons has also resigned and is expected to join Coleman at the Stadium of Light.

The Football Association of Wales has not announced his replacement.

Robbie Stockdale, who was appointed caretaker manager after Simon Grayson's departure, remains in charge for Sunderland's clash with Millwall later, however Coleman should be in the dugout for Tuesday's trip to Aston Villa.

It was reported that O'Neill had been approached by Sunderland to take over at the same time the Scottish FA asked permission to speak to the Northern Ireland boss, however club sources are adamant that was not the case.

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.