ALLY McCOIST has wished Chris Coleman good luck in his new job as manager of Sunderland.

The Ibrox record goalscorer admitted last week he would be interested in becoming Simon Grayson’s successor at the struggling Wearside outfit.

McCoist, who spent two years with the Black Cats from 1981 to 83, was asked if he would think about returning and responded: “Of course. Why would you not?

“Sunderland’s a fantastic club and a place which is very close to my heart.”

However, McCoist was overlooked as the Stadium of Light chiefs went for the departing Wales international boss.

When the appointment was confirmed, the former Scotland striker said sportingly: “It’s a very good job and you could probably be a little surprised.

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“He is coming from a high stock after talking Wales to the European Championships a year ago, although there was the disappointment of losing the final game to the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup play-offs.”

The 55-year-old ex-Ibrox gaffer added: “I always felt Chris Coleman would go back into club football at some point and it just so happens he has decided it is with Sunderland.

“It’s a massive job and will need some serious work to look after the situation.

“I don’t think they have won a home league game since last December. That’s an incredible record.

“And it’s just as incredible they are sitting at the foot of the Championship after last season’s relegation from the Premier League.

“There’s a lot of work to be done and good luck to him.”

Coleman, who has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, will tonight attempt to stop the rot when the rock-bottom outfit take on Aston Villa in the Midlands in a Championship encounter.

Sunderland became the first team in English football to go 20 successive home games in all competitions without winning when they drew 2-2 with Millwall at the weekend.

Coleman, 47, the former Blackburn Rovers and Fulham defender who also had a four-year spell in charge at Craven Cottage before leaving in 2007, said: “Someone’s going to turn this club around.

“Whether it’s me or whether it’s the next one, sooner or later this club will start climbing again, start playing in front of a full house again, get the city rocking and rolling.

“I want that to be me, of course.

“All right, we’re bottom of the league. Deal with it, get on with it. It is going to be a big challenge and I haven’t got a magic idea that’s going to turn it around.

“I’m going to need all the supporters, all the staff, the players, everybody to come with me.”


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