Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is willing to remain with the club next season should they be relegated from the Sky Bet Championship in the coming weeks according to the Daily Star.
The 47-year-old Welshman has failed to turn around The Black Cats’ fortunes since his arrival at the club in November and Sunderland look doomed with just six games remaining and an eight-point deficit to overturn.
The Wearsiders have been in turmoil both on and off the pitch for a few years now but manager Coleman has insisted that he will remain at The Stadium of Light next season and look to build a side capable of mounting a promotion charge for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.
Coleman’s recruitment plans this summer will hinge upon whether a new buyer for the club is finally found. Should current owner Ellis Short remain at the helm, The Welshman will be forced to rebuild the squad on something of a shoestring budget.
Since taking charge of Sunderland, Coleman has overseen 24 matches in all competitions of which his side have won just five.
The Wearsiders last played in the third tier of English football in 1987/1988 when they were promoted back to the second tier at the first attempt as league champions.