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Sunderland name Chris Coleman as manager

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Championship side Sunderland have named the appointment of ex-Wales manager Chris Coleman as their manager.

Coleman, who resigned from his position as Wales manager, has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Sunderland replacing Simon Grayson.

Sunderland are sitting at the bottom of the table after just one win in 17 matches.

Coleman becomes their 10th permanent manager since Roy Keane’s exit in December 2008.

His first game will be Tuesday’s trip to Aston Villa in the league.

After Grayson’s departure, Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale took joint caretaker charge of the derby match at Middlesbrough, which they lost 1-0.

McKinlay then left to join former Black Cats boss David Moyes’ backroom staff at West Ham, leaving Stockdale in sole charge of Saturday’s 2-2 home draw with Millwall.

That result meant Sunderland became the first team in English football to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions.

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