Wales Coach quits for Sunderland job

BY APN Agencies

Chris Coleman has left his job as Wales manager to take over at Championship club Sunderland.

Coleman will succeed Simon Grayson, who was sacked after 18 games in charge.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed: “Regretfully, Chris Coleman has resigned from his position with immediate effect.”

 

Ex-defender Coleman, 47, succeeded the late Gary Speed in 2012 and guided them to an historic appearance at Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals.

Disappointment followed as Wales failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

 

Coleman’s assistant Kit Symons has also left his role of Wales coach.

 

Ex-Wales winger Ryan Giggs and West Bromwich Albion’s Welsh manager Tony Pulis were among bookmakers’ early favourites to succeed Coleman.

FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said: “We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager 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 as national team manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

 

It is understood the Football Association of Wales made significant improvements in their offers to Coleman on Friday and were ready to accede to his demands over backroom staff

 

Rob Phillips

BBC Wales football correspondent

“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.”

 

After Wales’ qualifying campaign for the 2018 tournament ended in defeat by the Republic of Ireland, Coleman’s last two games in charge were a 2-0 loss to France and 1-1 home draw against Panama in November, 2017.

 

Negotiations between Coleman and the FAW continued after the game against the Central Americans.

 

Those talks ended with Coleman leaving. He had often spoken about hoping to return to the day-to-day demands of club management amid a career that has included being in charge of Fulham in the Premier League.

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