Wales coach Chris Coleman agrees to take Sunderland job

Chris Coleman to leave Wales and become new Sunderland boss

Coleman, who succeeded Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, is the country's most successful coach, having led them to the semi-final stage of the Euros past year.

Wales soccer manager Chris Coleman has resigned after almost six years at the helm.

But the lead - only the second time Sunderland have been ahead at home in the league in 2017 - lasted just four minutes before Northern Ireland worldwide George Saville struck a rapid brace to turn the match around. However, he failed to help the Dragons qualify for the next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

But Coleman was to lead Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years before a last-four defeat against eventual winners Portugal in last summer's championships.

Foottball Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford said: "We are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end".

And Coleman - breaking his silence for the first time since he agreed to join the Black Cats as he turned on the Christmas lights in Newport - believes his replacement should be Welsh.

The 47-year-old took charge of the national team in January 2012 and played a key role in helping Wales reach the semi-final of the 2016 European championship.

They are understood to have held talks with Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom and were also interested in Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as they searched for a successor to the sacked Simon Grayson.

Wales finished in third place in Europe's Group D in World Cup qualifying.

"We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future". He also had short spells overseas with Spanish club Real Sociedad and Greek side AEL.

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