Former Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has launched a stinging attack on ex-owner Ellis Short, prompting fans to react via social media.
Life at the Stadium of Light has been very much documented to football fans over the last few months with the Netflix series ‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’ sharing life on and off the pitch at the Wearside club.
Much of the first series showcased the reign of the former Welsh international defender, who was unable to halt the club’s relegation to League One from the Championship in 2018.
Coleman’s time at the club featured various struggles with former chairman Short, seeing him refuse to invest any money into club transfers during the winter window of 2017.
Suffering relegation, Coleman was sacked from his role as boss by new club owner Stewart Donald, who remains in charge.
Donald, who was also part of the Netflix series on the club has come under much criticism of late, and is reported be keen on selling the club.
Speaking on his time at the club and his relationship with Short on the Keys and Gray Show via Sunderland Echo, Coleman has also revealed the way in which he was dismissed from the club.
“Sunderland was 100 per cent the right club,” he said. “The chairman of Sunderland was 100 per cent the wrong chairman.
“As a manager or a coach or even as a player, before you signed a contract you’d meet the chairman. I’ve still never had a conversation with him – not a text or an email.
“When we arrived we needed some help, and we got completely bombed. From day one when we arrived – absolutely no dialogue, nothing. That really disappointed me.”
Reacting to Coleman’s comments via social media, fans shared their opinion…
Coleman talked the talk but his tactics and team selection were worse than Grayson, and that’s saying something.
I was delighted when he signed, thought it to be a great hire, but he didn’t live up to his reputation. He was rightly fired.
— James Hi (@JimmyMackem) May 6, 2020
So if what Coleman says is true, that’s two managers Donald has fired (Coleman and Ross) and neither he has had the decency to sack himself in person. Cowards behaviour.
— Lee Walker (@walke2l) May 6, 2020
His record was terrible but I don’t think anyone had a chance with us at that point
— Dane (@DaneCooper88) May 6, 2020
I liked Coleman. Thought we had turned a corner after that Burton win.
— Christopher James (@Spoon363) May 6, 2020
— jimmystokoe (@jimmystokoe1) May 6, 2020
Get him back
— Paul Kelly (@paultkelly_) May 6, 2020
@KezzaSAFC why’s he having shots at Donald aswell
— Liam Brown (@browny996) May 6, 2020
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