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Chris Coleman steps down as Wales manager, set to take over at Sunderland


Chris Coleman has resigned as Wales manager to take over at Championship club Sunderland.

Coleman will succeed Simon Grayson at Sunderland, who was sacked after 18 games in charge.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) confirmed: “Regretfully, Chris Coleman has resigned from his position with immediate effect.”

Coleman, who succeeded late the Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, led his country to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, their first major tournament since 1958.

Coleman’s assistant, Kit Symons, has also left his role of Wales coach.

Ex-Wales winger Ryan Giggs and West Bromwich Albion’s Welsh manager Tony Pulis were among bookmakers’ early favourites to succeed Coleman.

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 as National Team Manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

“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.”

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