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Following years of turmoil, new managers at Sunderland have been a constant, however, the ambitious appointment of ex-Wales boss Chris Coleman may have fans quietly optimistic.

When stability fails, ambition prevails

It has been far from a smooth transition since Sunderland fell into the second-tier of English football despite the appointment of Simon Grayson. A man who has experience and a grasp of how to get a club ticking in the Championship.

Sunderland paid a hefty compensation fee for their man in the summer to lure him away from Preston, a club he got promoted from League One and had two impressive mid-table finishes on a shoestring budget.

In a very similar position financially and looking for solidarity, it seemed a perfect fit.

Sitting in the relegation places with a solitary win away to Norwich after 18 games and breaking the record for more home games without a win, the board had little choice but to take Grayson to the chopping block.

Pundits were having a field day with “who would want to take over there?” with the names mentioned hardly bringing positivity to SAFC supporters.

And now…


Chris Coleman’s confirmation as Grayson’s replacement was a shock after a successful time in international management at Wales, taking them from 82nd in the world in January 2012, to Euro 2016 semi-finalists and despite a disappointing end to the World Cup qualifying campaign, he has left the country 14th in the World Rankings.

Coleman also still holds himself well with Premier League experience with Fulham, and a spell at Coventry City in the championship.

How does Coleman compare to his predecessors?

Coleman took charge of Sunderland as they travelled to Aston Villa which resulted in a 2-1 defeat for the Black Cats. However, the improved performance left fans feeling positive ahead of their clash against Burton Albion. Two late goals from James Vaughan and George Honeyman gave the North East side their second win of the season, lifting them above their relegation rivals.

Is this the beginning of another cycle for Sunderland or can the Welsh-man desperately turn it around for a club that should not be looking at the prospect of fixtures in League one in the near future?