Sunderland land Chris Coleman as manager as he leaves Wales job

• Coleman set to be confirmed in post over the weekend
• Sunderland are bottom of the ChampionshipChris Coleman has agreed to become the new Sunderland manager. The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson’s successor over the weekend in what will be a major boost for Sunderland and a huge blow for the Football Association of Wales, which had hoped to persuade Coleman to sign a new contract. The FAW held a board meeting on Friday to discuss his position, with both parties previously involved in lengthy talks about extending the deal that expired at the end of this month, but Coleman has decided that the time is right to return to club management and has agreed to take the plunge with Sunderland. Continue reading...

West Ham’s David Moyes appoints Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as assistants

• Moyes boss brings back former assistant Irvine and ex-West Ham player Pearce
• Sunderland coach Billy McKinlay set to follow “in the coming days”West Ham manager David Moyes has filled out his backroom staff by appointing Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce as assistants, with Sunderland coach Billy McKinlay set to follow in the coming days. Moyes was confirmed as the Hammers manager last week after Slaven Bilic was sacked, despite significant adverse reaction from the club’s supporters. Now he has brought in two men he has worked with before, while Pearce returns to the club he made 50 appearances for between 1999 and 2001. Continue reading...

Did West Ham ask Sunderland’s Ellis Short for the lowdown on David Moyes?

The man appointed to replace Slaven Bilic was deemed dated by his players when on Wearside, where he became shrouded in a cloak of negativity Football club executives like to talk up the amount of “due diligence” they routinely undertake before hiring anyone but such boasts sometimes end up ringing hollow. Anyone who watched Sunderland regularly last season can be forgiven for wondering precisely how much homework West Ham United did before appointing David Moyes to replace Slaven Bilic. Continue reading...

Middlesbrough go fifth and heap more misery on managerless Sunderland

Steve Gibson’s pre-season pledge to “smash the Championship” has rung a little hollow in recent weeks but, little by little, Middlesbrough are starting to suggest promotion may be possible after all. At the end of an afternoon on which Marcus Tavernier’s early goal kept managerless Sunderland stuck to the bottom of the table, Garry Monk’s side rose to fifth. It was Boro’s third win in eight days; perhaps their owner’s boast was not quite as widely optimistic as latterly advertised. Continue reading...

Sunderland’s natural position is seventh in Premier League, says Ellis Short

• Sunderland’s American owner says club ‘are in a bit of a crisis’
• ‘I don’t believe our squad belongs in the bottom three of the Championship’Ellis Short acknowledges that Sunderland are in “a bit of crisis” but believes the club’s natural position is seventh in the Premier League and has revealed it is no longer formally for sale. In a rare interview with the club’s website, Sunderland’s American owner – who is looking for his ninth manager in six years after sacking Simon Grayson on Tuesday night – said it was untrue that he no longer cared about a concern he has tried and failed to sell in the last year. Continue reading...