Sunderland sack Chris Coleman as Black Cats suffer relegation to League One
Sunderland have sacked Chris Coleman.
The Welshman has been given his marching orders after the Black Cats were relegated from the Championship to League One.
Coleman left his job as Wales manager to take over at the beleaguered Wearside club earlier this season after Simon Grayson was sacked.
But he has failed to reverse their fortunes and their relegation to the third tier was confirmed when they lost to Burton Albion in their 44th game of the season.
They tasted defeat once again on Friday night despite taking the lead at Fulham and are guaranteed to finish bottom of the table.
It marks a second successive relegation for Sunderland after they dropped out of the Premier League last season.
A club statement read: "Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts.
"The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris and Kit for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season for everyone involved with the club.
"The club is unable to make further comment at this time."
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