Speaking the Nations Mind

Sunderland Names Chris Coleman As New Manager


Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Chris Coleman as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The 47-year-old, who resigned as Wales manager on Friday, met the players on Sunday morning and led the team’s training session. He will take charge of his first match at home to Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

Sunderland are rooted to the bottom of the Championship and on Saturday became the first team in English football to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions after drawing 2-2 with Millwall.

Kit Symons will be his assistant at the Stadium of Light, having filled a similar role during Coleman’s six-year spell in charge of Wales.

Coleman met with the Welsh FA on November 17 to inform them of his decision to leave having failed to secure Wales’ qualification for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.

 Speaking on Saturday as he turned on the Christmas lights in Newport, Coleman said: “We are all passionate Welshmen and women so a huge thank you for everything you have done for me and the team over the past six years.”

The former Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry boss returns to club management for the first time since 2012, when he left Greek side Athlitiki Enosi Larissa.

Welsh FA chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure come to an end.

“The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years, (and wish him) the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.”

Sunderland, relegated from the Premier League last season, have been without a boss since Simon Grayson was sacked in October after only 18 games in charge, with caretaker Robbie Stockdale having overseen the last two games.