Listen back to talkSPORT’s exclusive interview with Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has told talkSPORT he hopes to announce the club’s new manager within hours – but has ruled out a return for Chris Coleman.
Former Wales boss Coleman left the club in April following the Black Cats’ relegation to League One.
Donald, whose take over was confirmed on Monday, had suggested a possible route back for Coleman as he hunts for a new boss to take on the challenge at the Stadium of Light.
But, speaking exclusively to Jim White on Wednesday, the former Eastleigh chairman revealed he has agreed terms with the club’s new head coach and hopes to be able to make an announcement by the end of the day.
Donald told talkSPORT: “On the manager front, we have agreed literally this morning, so we are just drawing up contracts with the man we want. I am expecting there to be news on that very soon.
“We’ve agreed terms and literally the contracts are with the lawyers. The man in question is absolutely thrilled, which is what we want, and I’m absolutely delighted that he’s coming, so that’s exciting for us.
“I’m hoping that by the end of the day, we can reveal that.”
Pushed on the identity of the man set for the Sunderland hot seat, Donald declined to name names but ruled out a return for Coleman.
“No, it’s not Chris. I can’t say who it is. Until that ink is dry…”
The Stadium of Light chief also went on to rule out Frank Lampard, Neil Lennon, Kevin Phillips, Alan Pardew and Mick McCarthy for the job.
But asked if the appointment will excite Black Cats fans, Donald added: “I think so, it’s got me really excited.
“I’m absolutely jumping up and down this morning.
“There’s a lot to do and we’ve got to move quickly and get ourselves organised. It’s a big job but that manager will have without doubt the biggest budget in the league.”
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