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  1. Sunderland owner Ellis Short has agreed to sell the club to a group led by Stewart Donald, the chairman of National League side Eastleigh, the Wearside club have announced. The Black Cats, who will play in League One next season, have also released manager Chris Coleman and assistant Kit Symons from their contracts. Coleman, 47, left his role as Wales national team boss to succeed Simon Grayson at the Stadium of Light last November but could not keep the Mackems up during his five months in charge. "Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts," a statement on the club website read. "The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris and Kit for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season for everyone involved with the club. "The club is unable to make further comment at this time." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has admitted that he does not know where Jack Rodwell is at present. The £70,000-a-week midfielderhas not made a senior appearance for the Black Cats since September, despite their struggles at the foot of the Championship table. With Sunderland's relegation confirmed last weekend, Coleman was asked if he might give Rodwell a chance when his side travel to Craven Cottage to play Fulham. "I don't even know where Jack is, to be honest with you, so no, he won't be involved," Coleman said. "If there was a sniff of a first-team appearance, I'm not sure he'd be 100 per cent fit for it, so I don't think that's going to be the case." After an injury-plagued three-and-a-half years on Wearside, Sunderland offered to cancel Rodwell's contract in January in a bid to remove him from the wage bill. Rodwell decided to stay, however, on a deal which still has another year to run, and insisted in a well-publicised interview that he was fit and available for selection if called upon. Coleman added: "I'm quite sure we've gone down the legal route of that situation, and we're stuck with a player that doesn't want to play for Sunderland Football Club and wants to leave. "But then where's he going to leave and go to? There's the conundrum. He's here and he's got one more year on his contract. He doesn't want to play for us, so fine, go and play for somebody else. But the stumbling block is the contract. "We'll see, it's the end of this season now. I know Jack did that big article, that he wanted to play for England again, so to do that, he's going to have to go and play football somewhere. The proof is always in the pudding." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. Wales have announced the appointment of Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as their new manager on a four-year contract. The 44-year-old will be taking on his first major managerial role, his only experience so far having come in a four-game stint in interim charge of United after David Moyes was sacked. Giggs, capped 64 times by Wales in his 24-year professional career, takes over from Chris Coleman, who left the role in November to take over as manager of Championship side Sunderland. The former winger told reporters: "I am so proud to have been given the honour of managing the national team. "The challenges that we have ahead of us with the Nations League and qualification for Euro 2020 excite me a great deal. "I can't wait to start working with the players as we prepare for those crucial games later in the year. "I know that the criticism is going to come and the way to combat that is to win games and give it my all, which I'll do. "I'm just itching to get back into football, because that's where I feel comfortable, that's where I belong. "So many times it's been said that a good career as a player doesn't necessarily mean you're going to be a good manager. But I think that's down to the individual. "I'll do exactly what I did when I was a player - be professional, give it my all and enjoy it." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. The Football Association of Wales has confirmed that its chief executive Jonathan Ford will face no disciplinary action over comments made about the next Wales manager. Ford appeared to rule English managers out of the running to replace former Dragons boss Chris Coleman, who left his role with the national side to join Sunderland in November. "We have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there," Ford was quoted as saying. "Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly but definitely not English." However, after meeting with Ford the FAW has accepted his comments were taken out of context and has decided to draw a line under the matter. A FAW statement read: "The CEO has clarified comments made in a media interview, where he repeated details of a previous conversation, in which a third party stated that the search for a National Team Manager should preclude an English applicant. "Following the discussions today, it was accepted that the documented comments were taken out of context and not in the manner in which they were intended. "The FAW and CEO will conduct a search for the new manager in an open and objective fashion, the appointee will be the best person for the role. "The CEO has apologised for the statement and the FAW officers, having reviewed the situation, do not propose to take the matter any further. "The Officers of the Association fully support the CEO Jonathan Ford, acknowledge the significant achievements in taking Welsh football forward over the last eight years and look forward to continue to work together in the future." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Sunderland have confirmed that Duncan Watmore will be out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. The 22-year-old only returned to action in September after missing the second half of last season with a cruciate injury. However, he had to be taken off during the 2-2 draw with Millwall on Saturday after picking up an injury to the same knee he damaged in December last year. Manager Chris Coleman told a press conference on Thursday: "This season probably won't happen for him. "I told Duncan on Sunday, 'if it's bad news then the worst thing you can do is put a time on it', but he'll be chasing time as he'll want to be back. "Life is frustrating sometimes as he's desperate to play football and desperate to play for Sunderland. "He's worked so hard to get back, he's such a bright player, so to lose a player like him was a big blow to everybody. "He had surgery today so it's as we feared and it'll be another long one for him, but forget me and forget us, he's a young man with a real good career ahead of him and he's a good guy who loves his football. "He'll be devastated and we have to take care of him, however long it takes. He'll be back, I'm sure about that." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of Chris Coleman as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal. The 47-year-old, who resigned as Wales manager on Friday, met the Black Cats players on Sunday morning and led the team's training session. Sunderland are rooted to the bottom of the Championship and on Saturday became the first team in English football to fail to win in 20 successive home games in all competitions after drawing 2-2 with Millwall. Coleman told the club's website: "It's an honour to be appointed the manager of Sunderland AFC and 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." Coleman will take charge of his first match at home to Aston Villa on Tuesday night. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Chris Coleman has confirmed that he will assess his future as Wales manager in due course. The 47-year-old has been in charge of the Dragons since 2012 and guided the nation to an historic semi-final place at Euro 2016 last year. The team will not compete in Russia next summer at the World Cup, however, as they failed to grab a playoff spot due to a 1-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland. After the final whistle in Cardiff, Coleman told Sky Sports News: "Right now all I can think about, picture in my mind, is the faces of the players in the dressing room and the disappointment. "They are inconsolable at the moment but they should feel very proud. That's all I can think about. "I know I'm going to be asked about my situation but I won't think about that right now. I'll take some time to let the dust settle and then I'm sure we'll have a sit down and have a chat and we'll take it from there." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Wales manager Chris Coleman is confident his side can win their four remaining World Cup qualifiers and reach next summer's finals in Russia. The Dragons are currently four points behind leaders Serbia and Republic of Ireland in Group D, meaning a crucial three points are a necessity in Saturday's game against Austria. Coleman, who led his team to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 last summer, is aware of the uphill task he faces but is adamant Wales are up to the challenge, despite being without a win in their last five qualifying games. "We can do it [win the last four games] and that's no disrespect to Austria, Moldova, Georgia and the Republic of Ireland," Coleman said. "I know this is a statement, but I'll say it - it could be Brazil, Spain and Germany. "I have that much confidence in our players and in our team, especially here in this [Cardiff City] stadium when it's full. "These last four games are like a mini-tournament. They're do-or-die, depending on what the other results are. "One of us could be dropping out if it's a negative result, so I don't think either team is going into the game looking for a draw." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed that his side's 6-1 defeat in Serbia in 2012 will always haunt him. The 47-year-old guided the Dragons to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and has high hopes of leading the national side to the World Cup too. Coleman leads his side in a Group D qualifier in Belgrade this weekend, but admits painful memories of the country already came flooding back when he returned there earlier this year. "As soon as I got off the plane I felt it," Coleman told Sky Sports. "It was only a reccie but I had butterflies in my stomach. I thought 'Here we go again, I remember this place'. "I can't say this is another game in the group because it's not for more than one reason. And one of the reasons is that. "I suffered there, we suffered there - and it was my fault. That will never leave me. "I think it would be like that if I went back to Belgrade with my wife for the weekend!" Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has ruled himself unavailable to play for Wales. The 25-year-old, who is yet to play in a competitive international, has won two caps, both in friendly matches against the Netherlands. Wales manager Chris Coleman said: "He doesn't want to play international football, which is a disappointment from our point of view, but he's made that decision, and we have to abide by that." "We'll get on with the squad of players, the squad who want to play and represent Wales." "There's nothing we can do with Paul, who's decided that international football is not the path he wants to go down." Coleman added. "Sometimes you have to be patient especially because the team we have at the moment has been hugely successful, It's a shame because he's a good player. I haven't spoken to Paul. His agent rang me up to give me the news." "I was disappointed, but if he doesn't want to persevere with it then that's his choice. We've got to look after the players who want to play for us." Wales are third in World Cup qualifying group D, four points behind leaders Serbia. The Newcastle-born has been included in a pre-Euro 2016 training camp but was not selected in the squad for the tournament in France. He has not featured at all during the current World Cup qualification games.
  11. Ben Davies has claimed that the next few games are crucial for Wales in order to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The Welsh full-back believes that his home-nation stand a good chance of achieving qualification, building on the success of Chris Coleman's side upset after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships in France during the summer. They got off to a good start in their World Cup qualifying campaign in the same vein by sealing a 4-0 triumph over Moldova last month. This week, Wales will face Austria away on Thursday before welcoming Georgia to home soil on Sunday. Davies told reporters today: "You always look at starts in groups to give you a good basis from which to kick on for the rest of it." "We're looking at the next few games as very important. If we can put ourselves in a good position in this group it definitely gives us a good platform to play confidently and try to get through to the World Cup." "This (Austria game) is definitely one of the hardest games. We were surprised they didn't do very well at the Euro's, but that doesn't mean so much over the course of three games." "They're playing at home and it's going to be a tough game, but we did so well over the summer that we are hungry for more success. You've got to have those expectations to push yourself as far as you can go. If we can get something against Austria it will definitely put us in a good place in the group. Getting the advantage early on it's always a positive." Wales have won five and lost just two times in their last seven competitive fixtures.
  12. Wales boss Chris Coleman has admitted that he is "really disappointed" for Sam Allardyce after he left his position as manager of England earlier this week. On Monday night, The Telegraph published footage of Allardyce appearing to advise fictitious investors of ways to "get around" third-party ownership, which is banned by the Football Association. Less than 24 hours later, it was revealed that Allardyce had left the role after just one game and Coleman has admitted that he was "gutted" for the former Three Lions boss. The 46-year-old told reporters: "I'm really disappointed for Sam. I was with him last week at a coaches' conference in Paris and I know he will be absolutely devastated. "I've known Sam for a long time and I know how much he wanted the job and how proud he was to get it. So I'm gutted for him that he has lost it through events off the pitch rather than on it. "He has made a mistake and admitted that. It's a shame that someone of his experience let their guard down for five minutes and lost their job over it." However, Coleman made sure to rule himself out of the running, adding: "Why should England look further afield? Are they going to be with Gareth (Southgate), Brucey (Steve Bruce) or whoever they are going to go with? That's where they should be looking. "Certainly not a Welshman. Well, not this Welshman, anyway. England should look at what they've got. There are good English managers there, and that is where they should be looking." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  13. Wales manager Chris Coleman is among the candidates for the vacant Hull City job, according to reports. The 46-year-old guided Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals a month after signing a new two-year contract with the Football Association of Wales (FAW). "We have had no contact whatsoever from the club regarding the speculation," said an FAW spokesman. "All talks with Chris have been on how we can move forward after Euro 2016." Former Tigers boss Steve Bruce left the Premier League new boys after a purported breakdown in his relationship with vice-chairman Ehab Allam. Roberto Martinez, sacked by Everton in May, and former United States head coach Bob Bradley have also been linked with the vacancy.
  14. Joe Jones

    Winners of Euro 2016: Wales

    And so Europe’s quadrennial feast of football is once again over. Euro 2016 has brought us thrills, spills, drama, underdogs, heroes, villains and a first-time tournament winner in Portugal. In this piece, Football Manics looks at the individuals and teams that have benefited the most from the month-long event in France, beginning with tournament semi-finalists Wales. For decades, Wales were in the footballing doldrums. Since 1958, when Jimmy Murphy’s golden generation were narrowly defeated 1-0 by Pele’s Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, subsequent tournament qualifiers came and went with the Dragons failing to make the finals. There were several close calls, including missing out twice on World Cup qualification on goal difference in the 1980s, just failing to qualify for the 1994 tournament in the United States and losing in their Euro 2004 playoff against Russia, but the heartbreak on each of these occasions meant Wales appeared destined to always be in the shadow of the other home nations. Until 2016, that is. Chris Coleman’s side not only qualified for the tournament proper, but seized their chance wonderfully, topping Group B ahead of England and knocking out Northern Ireland and Belgium en route to the semi-finals, where only a 2-0 defeat against eventual winners Portugal stopped the Dragons from reaching the final. What makes the run so exceptional is the fact that, only five years prior, Wales had slipped to 116th in the FIFA world rankings in February 2011 – on a par with Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan, Malta, Andorra and San Marino. Gary Speed’s appointment a few months earlier eventually reaped dividends when he led the Dragons up to 45th in the world rankings, but the year ended in tragedy when he was found dead in his home in November. Coleman, a close friend of Speed’s, took over the manager’s role and, thanks to his predecessor’s infrastructure and a team brought closer together in adversity, built a side that slowly but surely improved with every game. Spearheaded by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and complemented by a talented spine including the likes of Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley, Aaron Ramsey and Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales became the first British men’s side to reach the final four of a tournament since the legendary England side of 1996. Back in 2011, Robbie Savage said: "Wales are 112th but they are better than teams above them. But the likelihood of Wales qualifying for a World Cup in my lifetime is non-existent - that's the harsh truth.” How things change – not only have Welsh fans enjoyed a tournament to remember for the rest of their lives, but they will surely go from strength to strength and be in with a great chance of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
  15. Wales have succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden in their final warm-up game before Euro 2016 gets underway. Chris Coleman's side was outclassed at the Friends Arena in Solna as Emil Forsberg fired the hosts in front five minutes before half time. Mikael Lustig then bundled in from a corner just before the hour to double Sweden's lead, before substitute John Guidetti struck a late third to give the Dragons a heavy defeat. Gareth Bale came off the bench with just under half an hour to go but he was unable to rally his troops round as thoughts now turn to Wales's first Euro 2016 fixture Slovakia on Saturday. "We get a bit of success, a bit of expectation, sometimes a little bit of complacency and that can give you a little slap in the face," Coleman said after the game. "Maybe that's what's happened to us, certainly today. We go into this round of three games where, actually, we are the underdogs. "It doesn't mean we can't produce something special, because we're capable of it."
  16. Wales manager Chris Coleman has put pen to paper on a new deal as national team manager until after the 2018 World Cup. The 45-year-old has been rewarded with a two-year extension by the Football Association of Wales for guiding his country to Euro 2016, Wales' first finals since the 1958 World Cup. Coleman took charge of the Dragons in January 2012 when he replaced the late Gary Speed, and his contract was due to expire after this year's tournament in France. "I'm delighted that we've come to an agreement so I have the honour of leading my country in another campaign - a World Cup campaign," said Coleman. "We need to build on what we have achieved and I'm looking forward to the challenge. It is a big challenge, but one I think we can conquer. I'm honoured to be in charge of Wales for two more years." The former defender, who won 32 caps for Wales, has lost just one of his last 11 qualifiers and has won 12 of his 29 matches in all competitions in charge.

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