Chris Coleman leaves Wales role for Sunderland job

Chris Coleman has stepped down as Wales manager to take over at Championship side Sunderland, British media reported on Friday.

Coleman, who succeeded Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, is the country's most successful coach, having led them to the semi-final stage of the Euros a year ago.

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 parted company with Simon Grayson 18 days ago and had been linked with several candidates in that time.

The Football Association of Wales confirmed Coleman's departure on Friday night, with the 47-year-old expected to be appointed Sunderland manager in the next 48 hours.

"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.

"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".

Former Fulham and Coventry City boss Coleman will team up with Wales internationals Jonny Williams, on loan from Crystal Palace, and right-back Adam Matthews at Sunderland - both of which have played under Coleman at global level.

Sunderland are in need of a new manager. He is being linked with a move away from Wales after they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation. The news of his odds falling will be good news for Barnsley fans who feared Paul Heckingbottom would leave them for the Black Cats.

It is understood that caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale will remain in charge for Saturday's game against Millwall.

Heckingbottom distanced himself from the role when quizzed about being linked to the job before the worldwide break.

  • Stacy Allen