Coleman Appointed Sunderland Manager

Coleman Appointed Sunderland Manager

Coleman Appointed Sunderland Manager

"I'm sure managers have sat here before and thought the same thing but I have the opportunity to manage a big football club - a seriously big football club - and I wasn't going to turn that down".

CHRIS COLEMAN considers himself "lucky" to have been offered the Sunderland job despite inheriting a club engaged in a desperate fight to avoid relegation to League One. I might have gone through my career as well...

"So, I knew that before I walked through the door".

The former Wales manager has been announced on a two-and-a-half year deal, shortly after footage from Sky Sports showed him taking first-team training less than 24 hours after the Black Cats hit a new low in a 2-2 draw with Millwall.

"Once it was made apparent that I had different ideas to the powers that..."

They lie at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of Saturday's clash with Millwall, for which Robbie Stockdale will be in charge, and have not won a league game on their own pitch since December past year. "There's not many Premier League clubs as big as Sunderland, with their fanbase and stadium and facilities", he said.

There is likely to be greater financial legroom next summer as a number of players see their Sunderland contract end and more players leave the club on a permanent basis.

CC: "It's my first day and there's a lot to think about, but there's also a lot to look forward to and I'm not sitting here in this position saying, "dear me, look at this". I'm under no illusions but I can't tell you how excited I am.

"I won't tolerate players not giving everything they've got". Why are they surprised I've gone to Sunderland? I had a good time with Wales and I'm deemed fit to get a job like this.

Sunderland now sit bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and although he's under no illusions about the task at hand, it did little to quell his excitement after penning a two-and-a-half-year deal. "I'm absolutely thrilled to be here".

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