Former Sunderland boss leaves managerial role four months after signing new contract

Chris Coleman, the former Sunderland manager, has departed his management position in Greece after nearly two years in charge.
Chris Coleman, the former Sunderland manager, has resigned as manager of Greek club Atromitos after nearly two years in charge.

The 53-year-old took over as manager of the Premier League team in January 2022 and guided them to eighth place last season before agreeing a one-year contract extension during the summer.

Nonetheless, Atromitos, which is currently 12th out of 14 clubs after seven league games this season, has issued a statement announcing Coleman’s departure from the club. “Atromitos announces the completion of the partnership with Chris Coleman,” it said. Following conversations between management and the coach, it was agreed that the specific development at the given time is the appropriate one in order to modify the team’s direction in light of the championship’s continuation.


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“Atromitos would like to thank Chris Coleman for his contribution to our team, since he took it over in very difficult times, being an example of dedication and hard work.”

Coleman spent five months at Sunderland during the 2017/18 season but was unable to keep the team from being relegated to League One. After leaving Wearside, the former Wales manager spent a year as manager of Hebei FC in the Chinese Super League before being fired in May 2019.

Coleman was connected to the vacant Olympiakos job before signing a new contract with Atromitos. Before taking over as Wales national team manager in 2012, the Welshman led English clubs Coventry and Fulham.

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