Ally McCoist: 'I'm interested in Sunderland job'

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Coleman's reputation sky-rocketed after leading Wales - previously without a major tournament appearance since 1958 - to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, but he was unable to follow that up with qualification for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

The Sun says he has quit Wales to become the new manager of struggling Sunderland.

Ahead of Saturday's clash with Millwall, for which caretaker boss Robbie Stockdale will be in charge, Sunderland have not won a home league game since December past year.

Taking the Sunderland job will mean a return to club management for the first time in five years for Coleman.

The men from the Stadium of Light have had a woeful season so far and their terrible start culminated in Simon Grayson losing his job last month.

"Kit Symons has also resigned from his position as National Team Coach and the FAW would like to put on record its gratitude for his commitment to the Wales National Team".

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Coleman won 38% of his 50 matches in charge of Wales while he guided the nation to their first semi-final of a major global tournament when they reached the last four of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

"Chris was appointed manager in January 2012 in very hard circumstances and has guided Wales to the semi-finals of EURO 2016, an incredible achievement that inspired a nation".

Heckingbottom is understood to be in the running, while former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has been linked with the vacancy - although sources close to the Spaniard have distanced him from it - and Ally McCoist, who worked with Bain at Rangers, has also come under consideration.

He added: "We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about". Text me last night, all done, he arrived back at the hotel at 5 o'clock this morning.

But Coleman was to lead Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years and took them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

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