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Sunderland lure Chris Coleman from Wales as new manager

Sunderland lure Chris Coleman from Wales as new manager

Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League last season and are now sit bottom of the Championship, having won only one of their 16 games so far this season.

Coleman qualified the side for last summer's European Championships, Wales' first major tournament since 1958, before making it all the way to the semi-finals where they were defeated by eventual winners Portugal.

Sunderland prop up the Championship table after a nightmare start to the season and are in danger of suffering back-to-back relegations.

The Black Cats sacked Simon Grayson after a disastrous start to the Championship season
The Black Cats sacked Simon Grayson after a disastrous start to the Championship season

The Wales boss had been in talks to remain with the national team and had widespread support among both players and fans.

Eighteen days after parting company with Simon Grayson, Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats have persuaded the man who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 to take up the reins at the Stadium of Light.

Wales were pipped to second place in their group by the Republic of Ireland after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Martin O'Neill's team in their final qualifying match in October, and Coleman's future has been discussed at length by the media ever since.

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Taking the Sunderland job will mean a return to club management for the first time in five years for Coleman.

"We are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end", Ford said of the former Fulham, Coventry City and Real Sociedad coach.

Coleman resigned from his position as Wales manager on Friday with immediate effect and officials at the FWA have expressed their bitter disappointment but added that Coleman had always held a strong desire to go back into club management.

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"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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