Coleman to take charge of black cats

Chris Coleman resigned as Wales manager on Friday night and has agreed to take over at basement Championship club Sunderland.

Coleman aged 47 is expected to be officially announced as Black Cats manager by Sunday before his first game away to Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

The former Fulham and Coventry City manager met with the Welsh FA on Friday only a month after Wales missed out on qualification for the World Cup thanks to James McCleans goal in Cardiff.

This ends a six-year spell as Wales manager in a successful tenure with saw his side reach the semi-final of Euro 2016 and FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said, “We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’s tenure come to an end”.

“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 open and honest about”.

They are understood to have held talks with Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom and were also interested in Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neil as they searched for a successor to the sacked Simon Grayson.

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