Twitter reacts: Welsh boss Coleman to become Sunderland manager

Taylor Byrd
November 18, 2017

They are understood to have held talks with Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom and were also interested in Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as they searched for a successor to the sacked Simon Grayson.

"We are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end", he said.

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.

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.

"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".

"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".

Appointed as the late Gary Speed's successor in January 2012, Coleman will go down as the most successful manager in his country's history after leading Wales to the European Championship semi-finals a year ago.

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

Coleman would be the Black Cats' fifth permanent manager since March 2015.

Coleman is understood to have met with the Welsh FA earlier on Friday - a month after Wales missed out on qualification to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation - and informed them of his decision.

Previously he had taken charge at Fulham between 2003 and 2007 before stints at Real Sociedad and Coventry City. But he had considered backtracking on that promise before Sunderland persuaded him to head to the north-east.

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