Chris Coleman has been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland

Chris Coleman confirmed as Sunderland manager

Chris Coleman has been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland after video footage emerged of him taking first-team training on Sunday.

The former Wales boss was confirmed on a two-and-a-half year deal, shortly after Sky Sports showed him overseeing training less than 24 hours on from the Black Cats’ 2-2 draw with Millwall – making them the first team in English football history to go 20 home games without a win.

The 47-year-old Coleman, who guided Wales to the semi-final of Euro 2016 and now takes over a team bottom of the Championship, said: ‘It’s an honour to be appointed the manager of Sunderland and I’m over the moon that the club believes I am the right man.

Chris Coleman has been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland

Chris Coleman has been confirmed as the new manager of Sunderland

Coleman has put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year contract at the Stadium of Light

Coleman has put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year contract at the Stadium of Light

Coleman said 'I'm over the moon that the club believes I am the right man'

Coleman said ‘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.’

‘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. We’ve got a lot of work to do, it is a big challenge.’

Sportsmail reported earlier this weekend that the Wales squad are angry that more was not done to keep Coleman at the helm of the national side.

Coleman was open to continuing his five-year reign as national team boss but wanted full-time contracts for assistants Kit Symons, Ryland Morgans, and Ian Mitchell.

The 47-year-old also requested investment in the Welsh training set-up to create an elite-level environment and ensure a good production line of talent.

But the FAW failed to come close to presenting these terms, viewed as non-negotiable by Coleman, during talks that began on October 12 and continued into this past week.

‘Having achieved what we’d achieved, I thought to take it on to the next level I needed to work slightly differently,’ Coleman said. ‘The powers that be in Wales saw it slightly differently so then in my experience, it was the right time for to say “ok, this is as far as I’m going to take it”.

‘Someone has got to turn this club round. Sooner or later this club will start climbing again, playing in front of a full house again, get the city rocking and rolling. I want that to be me.’

Sportsmail reported earlier this weekend that the Wales squad are angry that more was not done to keep Coleman as manager of the national side.

Coleman was open to continuing his five-year reign as national team boss but wanted full-time contracts for assistants Kit Symons, Ryland Morgans, and Ian Mitchell.

The 47-year-old also requested investment in the Welsh training set-up to create an elite-level environment and ensure a good production line of talent.

But the FAW failed to come close to presenting these terms, viewed as non-negotiable by Coleman, during talks that began on October 12 and continued into this past week.

‘Having achieved what we’d achieved, I thought to take it on to the next level I needed to work slightly differently,’ Coleman said. ‘The powers that be in Wales saw it slightly differently so then in my experience, it was the right time for to say “ok, this is as far as I’m going to take it”.

‘Someone has got to turn this club round. Sooner or later this club will start climbing again, playing in front of a full house again, get the city rocking and rolling. I want that to be me.’

It comes after video footage from Sky Sports appears to show him taking first-team training

It comes after video footage from Sky Sports appears to show him taking first-team training

His move to struggling Sunderland comes as a surprise following his success as Wales boss

Coleman pictured alongside assistant manager Kit Symons in Sunderland training on Sunday

Coleman pictured alongside assistant manager Kit Symons in Sunderland training on Sunday

Coleman said he wants to be the man that manages to turn Sunderland around

Coleman said he wants to be the man that manages to turn Sunderland around

Coleman’s predecessor Grayson lasted just 18 games – of which he won only one – and bemoaned the fact he had not been given enough time in an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme on Sunday.

Grayson said: ‘I suffered the consequences of not winning enough matches and not being given enough time to turn it around.

‘I had no disbelief with the group of the players that I had that we wouldn’t be able to turn it around, and I’m sure Chris will be thinking the same thing.

‘I think the biggest thing Chris will need is time because it does not happen overnight. You can’t turn a club around so quickly when it’s been through some real dark stages, and that’s what he will need to make it a success again.’

Ex-Black Cats boss Simon Grayson has revealed he only met the club's owner, Ellis Short, twice

Ex-Black Cats boss Simon Grayson has revealed he only met the club’s owner, Ellis Short, twice

Grayson revealed he only met Black Cats owner Short twice – once during his appointment process, then after the first game of the season in the Championship.

‘I met (Short) when I was interviewed for the job and at the first game of the season and that was the last I heard or saw of him,’ added Grayson.

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