Chris Coleman set to leave Wales and take over at struggling Sunderland

Rachel Hardy
November 18, 2017

"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.

The 47-year-old had been Wales boss for nearly six years and last summer guided his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Coleman won 38% of his 50 matches in charge of Wales while he guided the nation to their first semi-final of a major worldwide tournament when they reached the last four of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

The Wales boss had been in talks to remain with the national team and had widespread support among both players and fans.

He added: "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".

"But he had a big smile on his face, he's going to an incredible club and I think they'll like his football up there".

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Wales' failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup triggered a break clause in Coleman's contract that Sunderland were able to take advantage of.

Heckingbottom was a trainee at Sunderland, but it emerged on Friday that he was not in consideration.

Coleman saw his odds drop, according to the Northern Echo, as punters seemingly got wind of him reportedly being touted as the next incumbent in the Black Cats' managerial hotseat.

And he is due to be in charge of the Championship club by Sunday after agreeing a £750,000-a-year deal.

Failing that, Coleman could opt to take his leave and try his hand at club football management for the first time since leaving Greek side Larissa in 2011.

However, he was unable to guide them to next year's World Cup as they missed out on qualification from Europe's Group D last month.

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