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Published On: Mon, Nov 20th, 2017

Chris Coleman: Sunderland name ex-Wales boss as manager

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Chris Coleman has been named as boss of struggling Championship side Sunderland after resigning as Wales manager.
The 47-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, replacing Simon Grayson, who was sacked at the end of October after only 18 games in charge.
Sunderland, relegated from the Premier League last season, are bottom of the table after just one win in 17 matches.
Welshman Coleman becomes their 10th permanent manager since Roy Keane’s exit in December 2008.
Kit Symons, who worked with Coleman at Wales, will be his assistant at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland’s next match is Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa in the league (19:45 GMT kick-off).
After Grayson’s departure, Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale took joint caretaker charge of the derby match at Middlesbrough, which they lost 1-0.
McKinlay then left to join former Black Cats boss David Moyes’ backroom staff at West Ham, leaving Stockdale in sole charge of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Millwall.
That result meant Sunderland became the first team in English football to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions.
They have three opportunities in December to avoid going the whole of 2017 without a victory at the Stadium of Light.
Welshman Coleman finished his playing career at Fulham in 2002, but stayed at Craven Cottage to join the coaching staff.
He took over from manager Jean Tigana in April 2003 on a caretaker basis and helped the side avoid relegation from the Premier League and was consequently rewarded with the full-time role.
He led the Cottagers to ninth place in the Premier League in his first full season in charge, but was eventually sacked in April 2007.
Spells at Real Sociedad, Coventry City and Greek side Athlitiki Enosi Larissa followed before he was appointed as Wales manager in January 2012, two months after the death of predecessor Gary Speed.
Former defender Coleman guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but he arrives at the Stadium of Light after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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