Sunderland AFC are delighted to announce Chris Coleman as the club’s new manager.
The Welshman has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Stadium of Light and arrives on the back of six memorable years as Wales boss, during which time he managed his country into the top ten of FIFA’s world rankings and an incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
The 47-year-old was highly sought-after but chose Sunderland as the fifth club of his managerial career, following spells with Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry City and AEL.
Coleman took his first training session this morning and will be in charge for the Black Cats’ midweek Sky Bet Championship clash with Aston Villa.
Speaking to safc.com, chief executive Martin Bain welcomed Coleman to Wearside.
“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.”
And after being named as the club's new manager, Coleman spoke of his delight.
“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.
“The club worked incredibly hard to make sure we were a good fit and to show me the potential that can be achieved here."
He added: “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.”