Chris Coleman sacked by Sunderland as sale of the club is confirmed
Written by Scott McGerty on 29th April 2018
Sunderland have sacked manager Chris Coleman after failing to keep the club in the Championship.
The 47-year-old arrived on Wearside last November to succeed Simon Grayson after a poor start to the season.
Coleman left his role as Wales national team boss to come to Sunderland but during his 5 months in charge he could not prevent the Black Cats from suffering relegation.
The news was announced via a short statement on the club’s website.
“Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts.”
“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.”
Meanwhile, shortly after, Sunderland confirmed that owner Ellis Short has agreed to sell the club.
The deal is subject to English Football League approval but a group led by Stewart Donald is hoping to take over ownership of the club.
Donald is currently chairman of National League side Eastleigh, but will now relinquish ownership of the Hampshire football club, it’s understood.
Ellis Short oversaw a decade of Premier League football at Sunderland while in charge, but will leave with the club having suffered back-to-back relegations.
He said in a statement:
“It is no secret that 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.”
“I was determined to ensure that I leave Sunderland in the best possible hands and in the best possible state to turn the corner.”
New owner Stewart Donald also spoke at the end of the statement released by Sunderland AFC in which is talks about rebuilding the club:
“All of us involved in this bid believe that Sunderland represents an extraordinary opportunity. Our group have all been involved in building – or rebuilding – football clubs to reach their potential and we believe that over the last decade we have acquired the necessary skillsets to overcome the many challenges that will face us at this huge club.”
Sunderland still have one league remaining in the Championship next Sunday against Wolves at the Stadium of Light.
The club haven’t announced who’ll be leading the side for that game.