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Odds slashed for Wales manager to join Sunderland

Odds slashed for Wales manager to join Sunderland

"There was a kind of player relationship between the squad and the manager so they'll be gutted hearing that news as well".

The Championship outfit have undergone a painstaking search over the past three weeks as they look to appoint the right man to lead them out of the bottom of the league table and into the upper echelons of England's second division.

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 past year.

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.

"Chris was appointed manager in January 2012 in very hard circumstances and has guided Wales to the semi-finals of EURO 2016, an incredible achievement that inspired a nation". The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson's successor over the weekend in what will be a major boost for Sunderland and a huge blow for the Football Association of Wales, which had hoped to persuade Coleman to sign a new contract.

Chelsea star Willian questions club decision to let Ruben Loftus-Cheek go
Loftus-Cheeks' Crystal Palace head to the Hawthorns to face West Brom when the Premier League resumes again on Saturday. "A lack of games held me back, definitely".

As a manager, he had spells with Fulham, Coventry City, Spanish side Real Zaragoza and Larissa in Greece before becoming the manager of Wales in 2012.

Coleman's decision to leave worldwide football will come as a massive disappointment to the Wales players, who made their feelings known as to how desperate they were for him to continue in the job after his spectacular success.

The former Wales boss spoke about Sunderland in glowing terms in September when Williams joined the Black Cats on deadline day. Text me last night, all done, he arrived back at the hotel at 5 o'clock this morning.

"I know how much they thought of the manager - he was more than just a manager. It's a very shrewd move".


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