By Danny Wright
Sunderland are due to officially confirm Chris Coleman as their new manager on Sunday after the Welshman decided to reject interest from Rangers, according to a report.
The Sunderland Echo claims that Coleman, 47, is due to jet into Wearside on Sunday morning to officially replace Simon Grayson in charge at the Stadium of Light by signing his new deal.
It is understood that the Welsh manager told a crowd at a Christmas lights switch on in Newport that he would in charge for the Black Cats’ Championship clash against Aston Villa on Tuesday night after quitting the Wales national team.
Coleman had been in charge of Wales for five years and oversaw their most successful European Championship campaign in 2016 when they reached the semi-finals in France.
The Echo also claims that Rangers were keen to meet with Coleman over the coming days with a view to holding discussions about him replacing Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked over three weeks ago.
Football Insider Verdict
Rangers have really missed out on Coleman. The Welshman has a lot of experience at club level from spells with Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry and has also worked wonders with the Wales national side. Working alongside players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey would have put him in good stead to go into Ibrox and understanding the weight of expectation there. Rangers really need to pull their finger out this week because Graeme Murty’s failure to see off a win against Hamilton on Saturday was unforgivable. There have been little in way of developments regarding the situation with Derek McInnes and it seems to be the money side of things that are holding things up still.
In other Rangers news, a Premier League club is set to hijack an approach made for this manager wanted by the Gers.