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Chris Coleman set to leave Wales and take over at struggling Sunderland

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as the new Black Cats boss over the weekend.

Coleman led Wales to the semi-finals of last summer's European Championships.
Coleman led Wales to the semi-finals of last summer's European Championships.
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WALES MANAGER CHRIS Coleman is expected to depart his post at the national team in order to take over at Sunderland, with the appointment set to be confirmed over the weekend.

It is believed the 47-year-old has agreed to take over following the departure of Simon Grayson just over two weeks ago.

Since, the club has dropped to bottom of the Championship with just one win in their opening 16 games so far this season.

Coleman has held the post of Wales manager since January 2012, taking over following the death of Gary Speed.

Coleman qualified the side for last summer’s European Championships, Wales’ first major tournament since 1958, before making it all the way to the semi-finals where they were defeated by eventual winners Portugal.

His side failed to make it to next summer’s World Cup, however, after being pipped to a play-off position in Group D following a 1-0 defeat to Ireland in Cardiff last month.

Coleman will become Sunderland’s seventh permanent manager in the past six seasons following the departure of Grayson, with the club aiming to avoid back-to-back relegations after finishing bottom of the Premier League last season.

It is understood that caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale will remain in charge for Saturday’s game against Millwall.

Following his six year tenure as Welsh boss, Coleman will make a return to club football for the first time since 2012 when he last managed Greek side AEL FC.

Previously he had taken charge at Fulham between 2003 and 2007 before stints at Real Sociedad and Coventry City.

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