Ellis Short STILL hasn't spoken to Chris Coleman who opens up on 'unnerving and unsettling' Sunderland situation

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Ellis Short still hasn't spoken with Chris Coleman, who admits the uncertainty surrounding Sunderland AFC is 'unnerving and unsettling' with the club 'floating aimlessly in the dark'.

Sunderland were relegated to League One last weekend but six days on Coleman still doesn't know what the plans are going forward.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman.

What is for certain is that Short is looking to sell the club but while there have been several interested parties expressing an interest and carry out varying levels of due diligence, no deal is imminent.

It leaves the Black Cats in a state of uncertainty, a situation Coleman - who wants to stay at the club - admits is unnerving and unsettling.

When asked about relegation and the plan going forward, Coleman said: "It is all still very raw and new for us and that feeling of failure is a harsh one, a difficult one to take but nevertheless we have to take, we are responsible for it.

"The uncertainty of everything with the club - who will own it, the plan, you bounce from one negativity to the other.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short.

"It is tough, hard for everyone involved. Tough and hard for the staff, they don't know what is going to happen either along with the players.

"It is tough all round. We still have two games to prepare for, a job to do between now and the end of the season," added Coleman ahead of the Friday night Fulham game,

Has Coleman spoken with the owner yet, six days after the club were relegated to the third tier for only the second time in its 139-year history?

Coleman added: "No, still no conversation with Ellis. There is nothing I can do about that.

"All my conversations are with Martin [Bain] the chief executive, who has been here obviously a bit longer than me, and this season anyway has been the front man taking the criticisms.

"But he works his socks off, Martin Bain. There is not a lot he can do about it, he has a menu and has to stick with that and get on with it.

"He has worked his socks off to do the right things for Sunderland.

"We have been relegated, the unthinkable but it has happened. The club needs a lot of change, that is obvious.

"With the uncertainty, it is open season for criticism. Things we have and haven't done. We are all in and faced with that. It is football, the way it goes, floating aimlessly in the dark.

"Until we get somebody to come in and say 'there's the plan' we can start working towards it but we can't yet."

Coleman added: "The sooner we know who it is that is going to be here and what the plan is, then we can get on with things and move forward.

"At this moment, it is complete darkness. That is unnerving and unsettling."