Chris Coleman says uncommitted players will be dropped


New Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has warned that he will have to get rid of uncommitted players.

The 47-year-old coach has left Wales to join the English side with a two-and-a-half-year deal to replace the recently sacked Simon Grayson.

Coleman admitted it is a challenging role and described it as a “daunting task” given the fact that Sunderland is currently at the bottom of the Championship.

In a statement, he firmly said, “If you’re committed you’re in, if not you’re out,” said the former Fulham boss. “You can’t pretend at it. What we don’t need are any shrinking violets.”

He added: “We will find out who is going to be coming along on this next chapter pretty quickly I think. Whoever is not will need to go and play football somewhere else.

“If this challenge is too big for them then they need to move one.”

The 47-year-old manager becomes the 10th permanent manager following the exit of Roy Keane in the December 2008. After Coleman signed the deal with the club, Kit Symons, who was his assistant at Wales will soon join him at the Stadium of Light.

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