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 Relegated To Third Tier For First Time In 30 Years

 

 

Sunderland were relegated to England’s third tier for the first time in 30 years on Saturday as the Championship’s bottom club lost 2-1 to fellow strugglers Burton.

Chris Coleman’s side have crashed into League One only a year after being relegated from the Premier League.

They have played only one season outside the top two tiers of English football in their entire history, winning promotion from the old Third Division in 1987-88.

Burton striker Darren Bent returned to haunt his former team with an 86th-minute equaliser to cancel out Paddy McNair’s opener on 34 minutes at the Stadium of Light.

Liam Boyce headed second-bottom Burton in front in second half stoppage-time before Sunderland had a late equaliser disallowed to provide a fitting finale to their wretched season.

Sunderland are six points from safety with only two matches left and the remaining fixtures of their relegation rivals make it mathematically impossible to avoid the drop.

Promoted Wolves celebrated their ascent to the Premier League by clinching the Championship title with a 4-0 win at lowly Bolton.

Needing one point from their final three matches to be crowned champions, Wolves got the job done thanks to goals from Barry Douglas, Benik Afobe and Diogo Jota plus a Conor Coady penalty.

Wolves are two points shy of 100 for the season with games against Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland still to come.

Lewis Grabban netted twice as Aston Villa kept their slim automatic promotion hopes alive with a 4-0 victory at 10-man Ipswich.

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury were also on target at Portman Road, where Ipswich midfielder Grant Ward was shown a red card for a rash tackle in the 42nd minute.

Goals in either half from Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga ensured Middlesbrough beat play-off rivals Derby 2-1 and consolidated their place in the top six.

David Nugent converted a last-minute penalty for Derby, who are one point off sixth-placed Millwall.

Brentford are level on points with Derby following a 2-1 win over west London rivals QPR at Griffin Park.

Bristol City let a 4-2 lead slip as they drew 5-5 with Hull, while Preston were held to a 0-0 draw by Norwich.

Birmingham came from behind to boost their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 3-0.

Third bottom Barnsley remain in the relegation zone after losing 2-1 at a Leeds side managed by their former manager Paul Heckingbottom.

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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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Defoe Joins Bournemouth On Free Transfer

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England and Sunderland striker, Jermain Defoe, has joined AFC Bournemouth on a free transfer.

The striker who joined Bournemouth on a three-year deal made 93 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 37 goals while cultivating an ever-lasting relationship with the Sunderland fans.

Defoe reignited his England career while on Wearside with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate recalling him in March 2017, and he did what he does best with a Wembley return resulting in his 20th international goal.

The 34-year-old scored his 150th Premier League goal on November 19, 2016, in a 3–0 home win against Hull City, becoming the joint seventh highest goalscorer in Premier League history.

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Moyes To Remain At Sunderland Despite Relegation

David Moyes, SouthamptonSunderland Manager David Moyes has expressed his determination to stay at the Stadium of Light next season, despite the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The 54-year-old said he knows what the Black Cats need to do, in order to get back to the Premier League.

“I know what needs to be done to get back in the Premier League, we need to make sure we get a good bit of momentum heading into next season by winning a few games.

“Our performances have been good in recent weeks but the results haven’t matched that. I will know more come the end of the season.

“Once we see exactly what we are able to deal with, what we can work with, then we will know exactly what we can do,” the former Everton and Manchester United manager told BBC.

Moyes Charged By FA Over Comments Made To Female Reporter

David Moyes, SouthamptonSunderland Manager, David Moyes, has been charged by the England’s Football Association (FA) over the comments he made to a female reporter in March.

The charge relates to comments Moyes made to Vicki Sparks, a reporter from the BBC, after Sunderland’s 0-0 draw with Burnley on March 18.

It is alleged that Moyes’ remarks about slapping the reporter were improper, threatening and brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA rule E3(1).

Moyes, the former Manchester United manager, has until Wednesday next week to respond to the charge.

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At Anfield

Arsenal Crash At Home To Watford, As Chelsea Draw At AnfieldArsenal suffered a shock loss 2-1 loss to Watford at the Emirates in the English Premier League on Tuesday night.

It was Watford’s first Premier League away win at Arsenal as two goals in the first 13 minutes set up the 2-1 victory.

Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul opened the scoring with a powerful drive aided by a deflection off Aaron Ramsey, who limped off with an injury.

Watford’s second came three minutes later as Troy Deeney slotted in after Petr Cech parried Etienne Capoue’s shot into his path.

But Alex Iwobi slotted in from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped cross on 54 minutes and Lucas Perez crashed an effort against the crossbar as Arsenal piled the pressure on in the second half, but Watford held on.

Chelsea and Liverpool played a 1-1 draw at Anfield as the visitors missed the chance of an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Georginio Wijnaldum’s header earned Liverpool the equalizer after David Luiz’s 25th minute free-kick had put them ahead.

Chelsea could have taken all three points but Diego Costa’s penalty was saved by Mignolet.

In other matches, Crystal Palace beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium while relegation threatened Sunderland played a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur to ensure all top teams dropped points on the night.

Elsewhere Sam Voke’s 87th minute goal was all Burnley needed to beat Leicester City 1-0 at Turf Moor while Middleborough and West Brom played a 1-1 draw in a keenly contested encounter at the Riverside Stadium.

Swansea City defeated Southampton 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Sunderland Confirm Anichebe Out For Ten Weeks With Knee Injury

sunderlandNigerian forward, Victor Anichebe, has been ruled out of action for three months after sustaining a knee injury in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend.

Anichebe, who just returned from a hamstring injury, was brought on as a second half substitute but later went down clutching his right knee.

Sunderland manager, David Moyes, confirmed that the 28-year-old will be out until April.

Anichebe’s latest injury will be a big blow to the Black Cats who already have Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, Paddy Mcnair, Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore all out with long-term injuries.

Sunderland Reject West Ham’s £6m Bid For Defoe

Sunderland, West Ham, Jermain DefoeSunderland have rejected West Ham’s £6 million bid for striker Jermain Defoe.

Sources revealed that the Hammers would raise their offer for the English forward who began his career at the east London club.

He has scored 11 goals in 21 appearances for Sunderland in the ongoing Premier League season.

The 34-year-old netted his latest goals on Monday where his side fought from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Liverpool.

He began his career at West Ham before moving to Tottenham in 2004.

He later joined Portsmouth in January 2008 before he returned to Spurs the following year for a £15 million deal.

Arsenal Crush Sunderland 4-1 In League Match

Sunderland, ArsenalArsenal defeated Sunderland 4-1 in an English Premier League match at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Arsene Wenger’s side displayed another brilliant performance on the road with fit-again Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez staring.

Alexis Sanchez set the pace for goal scoring as he utilised Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s assist in the 19th minute.

The Gunners maintained the lead till the end of the first half and some minutes after the second half before Jermain Defoe levelled the scores for David Moyes’ side from the penalty spot.

Oliver Giroud subsequently set Arsenal on the lead once more and later added another within six minutes.

In a space of two minutes, Sanchez netted his second goal to secure the victory for the North Londoners.

Arsenal went on top of league table but returned to second place after Manchester City delivered a similar result, by ruthlessly trashing West Brom 4-0 away.

The trio of Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool have with 23 points from 10 matches but City are ahead on superior goal difference with Liverpool in third place.

Meanwhile, Sunderland are last on the table with two points from 10 games.

Giroud, Ramsey Return For Arsenal’s Trip To Sunderland

Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey, ArsenalOlivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey will be available for Arsenal’s Premier League trip to Sunderland on Saturday.

Giroud has finally overcome a long-term toe problem, while midfielder Ramsey will feature for the first time since the opening day of the season after hamstring trouble.

Manager, Arsene Wenger, however, prefers to be cautious.

“They are available for selection. I have to be a bit cautious, especially with Aaron Ramsey, because he has not played at all yet. He has only had one week with the team so I will be a bit cautious with him.”

Nacho Monreal, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are all in a race to be fit while Lucas Perez is out for eight weeks after damaging ankle ligaments in the win over Reading in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

The manager described the Perez injury as very frustrating, especially because it came just after the player had worked very hard to start getting games.

“Of course he is absolutely gutted, because it’s an injury coming from nowhere, and a stupid one, because it was a deliberate kick. It’s a similar tackle to (the one from) Xhaka (against Swansea), but there was no red card.

“But the red card would not have helped Lucas. What is most important is that he’s out for six to eight weeks,” Wenger said.