Sunderland Sack Manager, Put Up Club For Sale

FILE PHOTO Chris Coleman                                                                                                     Credit: AFP

 

Sunderland sacked Manager, Chris Coleman, on Sunday, and then announced that owner Ellis Short was selling the club following the northeast side’s relegation to the third tier of English football.

Sunderland said Short plans to sell to a group led by Stewart Donald, chairman of Eastleigh, a non-league club in the south of England.

Sunderland have dropped from the Premier League to League One in under 12 months following two successive relegations, with Short admitting in a statement his disappointment at how his stewardship of the Black Cats had ended.

“It is no secret I have been trying to sell Sunderland but I have waited until the right group came along that have the experience, finances and plan to take this great club back to where it deserves to be,” he said.

“Overall my chairmanship has not gone the way I would have wished; the many high points of a decade in the Premier League have been overshadowed by the low points of the last two terrible seasons.

“I was, therefore, determined to ensure that I leave Sunderland in the best possible hands and in the best possible state to turn the corner.”

Short added: “To achieve this, higher offers from less qualified buyers were rejected and I have paid off all debts owed by the club and leave it financially strong and debt free for the first time since years before I owned it.”

The deal is subject to English Football League approval, with Donald confirming he intends to sell Eastleigh who play in the National League — the division below the three tiers of the English Football League that in turn sit beneath the elite English Premier League.

Coleman, 47, replaced Simon Grayson in November but won just five of his 29 games, losing 16 times.

“Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts,” said the earlier club statement.

“The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris and Kit for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season for everyone involved with the club.”

Sunderland’s relegation to the third tier for the first time in 30 years was sealed by a  2-1 loss at home to Burton last weekend.

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Sunderland Job Is An Honour, Says Coleman

Wales Players Urge Coleman To Stay On
Wales’ manager Chris Colema. Photo:  Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

Former Wales coach Chris Coleman was confirmed as manager of Championship strugglers Sunderland on Sunday.

Coleman’s move to the Stadium of Light was widely expected after he resigned from the Wales job earlier this week.

The former Fulham boss has agreed a two-and-half-year contract with Sunderland.

The 47-year-old is the Black Cats’ ninth manager in the last six seasons and replaces Simon Grayson, who was sacked at the end of last month after less than half a season in charge.

“It’s an honour to be appointed the manager of Sunderland AFC and I’m over the moon that the club believes I am the right man,” Coleman said after taking training on Sunday.

“The club worked incredibly hard to make sure we were a good fit and to show me the potential that can be achieved here.

“I believe that every person at this football club, every player and every supporter has a part to play in getting us back to where we belong.”

Coleman arrives in the north-east after six years as Wales boss, during which time he managed his country into the top 10 of FIFA’s world rankings after an unexpected run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Despite that success, Coleman was unable to lead Wales to next year’s World Cup after failing to secure a place in the play-offs and reports about his likely departure surfaced immediately after that disappointment.

With the Wales chapter of his career now over, Coleman has joined a Sunderland side at their lowest ebb for years.

A 2-2 draw against Millwall on Saturday gave them an unwanted English record of 20 consecutive home games without a win.

Sunderland, relegated from the Premier League under David Moyes’s management last season, are bottom of the Championship table.

They are four points from safety heading into Coleman’s first match in charge away to Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain, who led the search for Grayson’s successor, said: “The football club has conducted a thorough process over the last three weeks to identify the best manager for the job, before and after which Chris was the clear first choice.

“We are delighted that he and Kit Symons, his assistant manager, have joined us, and are now focused on working together to get the football club moving in the right direction.”

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Chris Coleman Quits As Wales Coach

Wales’ manager Chris Coleman looks on during the international friendly football match between Wales and Panama at Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Geoff CADDICK / AFP

Chris Coleman quit as Wales manager on Friday to take over at English Championship club Sunderland after he failed to steer his country to the World Cup.

Coleman, who led a Gareth Bale-inspired Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, will be given the job of lifting Sunderland off the bottom of the table and ultimately winning promotion back to the Premier League.

His future with Wales was in doubt from the moment they failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, 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.

“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.”

Sunderland sacked Simon Grayson at the end of October and a number of candidates are believed to have distanced themselves from the job at the Stadium of Light.

Sources at the club have told Britain’s Press Association that Coleman is the only man to have been offered the post despite speculation that Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill turned down the opportunity.

Coleman will take over a club hampered by financial constraints and in danger of suffering relegation for the second consecutive season.

Despite the size of the task ahead, the lure of a return to club management after five years away proved strong for the 47-year-old former Fulham boss.

He became Wales manager in January 2012 following the tragic death of Gary Speed and built a team around Real Madrid winger Bale that shocked Europe’s elite nations to reach the last four at Euro 2016 in France.

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Swansea City: Giggs, Coleman Leading Candidates To Get Coaching Job

Chris Coleman, Ryan Giggs, Swansea CitySwansea City are keen to have a new manager in place by Monday, as Wales boss Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs appear to be the leading candidates.

After managing the club for 85 days, Bob Bradley was sacked on Tuesday night, with the Swans 19th in the Premier League.

Giggs, a former Manchester United star, was interviewed twice before Bradley’s appointment in October.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson, erstwhile Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett are also in the frame.

However, Bradley’s permanent successor is not expected to take charge before they host Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve.

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West Ham
Bob Bradley

The Swans said on their website that the American’s departure followed the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone on 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after the 58-yeard-old picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Euro 2016: Sing, Chant, Be The 12th Man, Gareth Bale Urges Fans

Gareth BaleWales star, Gareth Bale, has sent out a special message to supporters before they face Belgium in their UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final match on Friday.

He told Uefa.com, “We know it’s a massive game, it’s a quarter final of the European Championships but it’s one we want to go out and enjoy.

“We want everybody to sing and chant, enjoy the occasion and keep an eye on the team and be the 12th man as they have always done.

“We will try as a whole nation to win the game and try to enjoy the experience as a nation. Hopefully we can celebrate after.”

Wales’s manager, Chris Coleman, also acknowledges the uniqueness of the occasion, “We’re not going to talk it down. We’re going to savour this occasion, as we have done all along.

“This is another huge test and it’s another in a line of challenges that we’ve already met. It’s a great position to be in. We’ve got to go and do all the things that have got us in this position in the first place.

“Within the group the pressure is on us to keep performing. We’ve had to win differently [at this tournament].

“Belgium are recognised as one of the best teams in international football and we’ve played them four times in the last two campaigns. But it’s all about us and our preparation. Just because it’s Belgium, there’s been no dramas in our camp.”

Belgium will be without the services of Jan Vertonghen who turned his left ankle at the very end of training and has torn two ankle ligaments.

Manager, Marc Wilmots, nevertheless is not perturbed by the setback.

“We are now in the quarter-finals – the Hungary game is in the past and we need to focus on this game against Wales. I think we have to keep doing what we’ve done well so far. Nobody knows what sort of team will be put out, so I really need everyone to stay on their toes.

“A manager is always scared of his team having an off-day. It can happen. Hungary went well, but now we must remain focused and not take it for granted that we will win easily.

“It will be a tough match, it’s a different opposition this time. They are a team with pace, who play good football and a lot of them play in England.

“They are a side who defend really well and who have real talent on the counterattack. Now the stakes are different, this is no longer a qualification game for points. We are going out there with the semi-finals of the EURO as a prize – that is completely different.”