Chris Coleman wants to get Sunderland rocking and rolling again

19 November 2017, 18:50

Sunderland's new boss Chris Coleman says he wants to bring rock and roll back to the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats, who are bottom of the Championship and on Saturday became the first team in English football to go 20 successive home games in all competitions without winning, will hope that the former Wales manager can give them the boost they desperately need.

Coleman, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, took charge of his first training session at Sunderland on Sunday and will be formally introduced as the club's new manager at a news conference on Monday, at 10am.

Sunderland travel to Aston Villa on Tuesday night for Coleman's first game but the 47-year-old has pointed to the home form as the key factor to changing the team's fortunes.

"Someone's going to turn this club around," Coleman told the club's website. "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. It's such a big club that, when we gather momentum, it's pretty hard to slow it down, but the start is always the toughest part.

"I'll find out pretty quickly I think who's really in and who's not, and whoever's not needs to go and play football somewhere else. It's a little bit daunting, but that keeps you on your toes."