Wales coach Chris Coleman agrees to take Sunderland job

Chris Coleman wanted contracts for assistants Kit Symons Ryland Morgans and Ian Mitchell

Eighteen days after parting company with Simon Grayson, it's believed the Black Cats have persuaded the man who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 will take up the reins at the Stadium of Light.

Wales finished in third place in Europe's Group D in World Cup qualifying.

Departing Wales manager Chris Coleman says he would like to see a "passionate Welshman" succeed him. "The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as National Team Manager", FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said in a statement.

He then goes on to confirm a return to club level for Coleman, "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 honest and open about".

Ex-Wales head coach Chris Coleman is reportedly on Sunderland's radar, and former Newcastle United star Jermaine Jenas gives his take.

Gareth Bale had a close relationship with Coleman who he called an ‘amazing manager
Gareth Bale had a close relationship with Coleman who he called an'amazing manager

Coleman had asked for more full time support staff after failing to qualify for next summer's World Cup as part of talks about extending his contract, which was due to expire before the end of the year.

The FAW have also confirmed Coleman's assistant Kit Symons' resignation.

Coleman will replace Simon Grayson, who was sacked last month after just one win in 15 league matches.

He is expected to take over at perennial relegationfodder Sunderland before the end of the weekend and take charge of his first game on Tuesday evening.




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