Coleman’s side were defeated 2-1 by Burton to confirm their place in the third tier
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sunderland have been relegated to the third tier of English football for only the second time in the club’s history after losing a dramatic relegation battle with Burton 2-1.
Paddy McNair gave the Black Cats the lead 11 minutes before the break – but two goals in the last four minutes relegated the Black Cats and moved Burton to within two points of safety.
Former Sunderland striker Darren Bent came off the bench and headed in the equaliser, before Liam Boyce nodded the winner deep into added-time.
There was more drama seconds later when McNair had an equaliser ruled out for handball by the referee’s assistant, even though the man in the middle Darren England had given the goal at first.
Chris Coleman, who replaced Simon Grayson as manager of the Stadium of Light club on October 31, has won just five of the 27 Championship matches he has overseen, and it is not yet known whether he will remain in charge of Sunderland for the upcoming League One campaign.