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Chris Coleman quits as Wales manager, agrees to take over at Sunderland

The Welsh FA confirmed on Friday evening that Chris Coleman has resigned as the manager of the national team with immediate effect.

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

However, he was unable to guide them to next year’s World Cup as they missed out on qualification from Europe’s Group D last month.

Coleman is now expected to take over at Championship strugglers Sunderland according to various reports.

The Black Cats have been without a manager since sacking Simon Grayson last month after one win in their opening 16 league matches left them bottom of the standings.

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

However, he was unable to guide them to next year’s World Cup as they missed out on qualification from Europe’s Group D last month.

The 47-year-old will return to club management having previously coached Fulham and Coventry City. He also had short spells abroad with Real Sociedad and AEL Athens.

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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