Who will be Sunderland's next manager as Chris Coleman is 8th to leave in seven years?

Chris Coleman is the 8th manager to leave Sunderland in seven years.
Chris Coleman is the 8th manager to leave Sunderland in seven years.
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Sunderland fans will be waiting with bated breath to see who takes over the managerial hot seat at the Stadium of Light.

On a dramatic day for the club, Chris Coleman left the Black Cats as chairman Ellis Short agreed to sell the club to a consortium headed by Stewart Donald, the owner of National League club Eastleigh.

Coleman was the eighth permanent manager or head coach since Steve Bruce left the club in November 2011.

Here are the men who have tried, but largely failed, to bring success to the Stadium of Light.

MARTIN O'NEILL (December 2011-March 2013)

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O'Neill's appointment was hugely popular and the club finished 13th in the Premier League in 2012, but he was sacked the following season after a poor run of results left his side just a point above the relegation zone.

PAOLO DI CANIO (March 2013-September 2013)

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Di Canio oversaw a 3-0 win at local rivals Newcastle in his second game in charge and safety was secured with a game to spare, but a bad start to the following season saw the controversial Italian sacked.

GUS POYET (October 2013-March 2015)

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Poyet led the Black Cats to the League Cup final in 2014 and also pulled off a remarkable escape from relegation thanks to taking 13 points from a possible 15, including victories at Chelsea and Manchester United. However, he was sacked in March 2015 with the club one point above the drop zone.

DICK ADVOCAAT (March 2015-October 2015)

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Advocaat was in tears after a 0-0 draw at Arsenal in the penultimate game of the season ensured Sunderland survived again, but the veteran Dutchman resigned after the first eight games of the following campaign yielded three draws and five defeats.

SAM ALLARDYCE (October 2015-July 2016)

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Another escape from relegation was achieved thanks to just one defeat in the last 11 games of the season, but any hopes of some much-needed stability were dashed when Allardyce resigned in order to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager.

DAVID MOYES (July 2016-May 2017)

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Moyes hoped to rebuild his reputation after unsuccessful spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad, but presided over a disastrous campaign which produced just six league wins and saw the club relegated with 24 points. Moyes resigned at the end of the season.

SIMON GRAYSON (June 2017-November 2017)

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After being turned down by Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes, Sunderland appointed Preston boss Grayson instead and took five points from their first three Championship games, but results quickly deteriorated and Grayson was sacked after just 18 matches.

CHRIS COLEMAN (November 2017-April 2018)

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Coleman's appointment appeared something of a coup after his spell with Wales included a thrilling run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, but he was unable to stop the rot and led the club to a second successive relegation before being released from his contract on the day owner Ellis Short agreed a deal to sell the club.