By Danny Wright
Rangers held talks with Chris Coleman on Friday afternoon about him becoming the new permanent manager at Ibrox, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the 47-year-old has since decided to snub the approach from the Gers and is instead due to agree terms with Sunderland on Sunday.
It is understood that Coleman quit his post with the Wales international side on Friday with a view to returning to club management with Championship strugglers Sunderland.
The report details that the ex-Fulham boss will sign an 18-month deal with the Black Cats worth £750,000-a-year.
Rangers have struggled to gain momentum in their hunt for a new manager and there have been little in way of developments after Pedro Caixinha was sacked over three weeks ago.
It seems that now their search is finally looking to gain some pace, and that is no doubt good timing following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Hamilton at Ibrox with Graeme Murty in caretaker charge.
Football Insider Verdict
Coleman would have been a decent option for the Light Blues but that ship now appears to have sailed with him on the verge of agreeing a deal with Sunderland. He has done well with Wales and did a decent job at club level with Fulham. The Black Cats are in dire straights at the moment and need someone to dig them out of a hole that appears to be getting deeper every week. Coleman can be that man for them and he will no doubt lift the spirits at the Stadium of Light. As for Rangers, every day that goes by makes their search a little more harder. The Gers must be getting desperate now and may have to stump up a lot of money to get their man.
In other Rangers news, a Premier League club is looking to ambush the Gers’ pursuit of this manager.