Chris Coleman resigns as Wales manager and set to join Sunderland

Chris Coleman resigns as Wales manager and set to join Sunderland

Coleman succeeded the late Gary Speed as Wales manager in 2012, and took his side all the way to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, where they lost to eventual champions Portugal.

Coleman is understood to have met with the Welsh FA earlier on Friday - a month after Wales missed out on qualification to next year's World Cup in Russian Federation - and informed them of his decision.

Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, said: "We are extremely disappointed to see Chris' tenure as Wales manager come to an end".

Coleman, the 47-year-old who guided Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is heading to Sky Bet Championship side Sunderland after failing to secure qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Disappointment followed as Wales failed to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Wales assistant manager Kit Symons has also resigned and is expected to join Coleman at the Stadium of Light.

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The 47 year old could be confirmed as the successor to Simon Grayson before Sunderland face Aston Villa on Tuesday.

The Wales Football Association have since released a statement announcing the departure.

The Welsh FA will meet on Friday to discuss Coleman's future but a return to club management with Sunderland is now a strong possibility.

Coleman will replace Simon Grayson, who was sacked last month after just one win in 15 league matches.

Coleman is set to take charge at Sunderland, according to the Guardian.