June 10, 2018 / 2:45 PM / 11 days ago

Soccer: Former Sunderland manager Coleman joins Chinese side Hebei

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Wales and Sunderland manager Chris Coleman has been appointed head coach Hebei China Fortune, the club said on its official Weibo account.

File Photo: Soccer Football - Championship - Sunderland v Burton Albion - Stadium of Light, Sunderland, Britain - April 21, 2018 Sunderland manager Chris Coleman reacts Action Images/Lee Smith

The 48-year-old succeeds Manuel Pellegrini, who left by mutual consent last month and is now manager of English Premier League side West Ham United.

Coleman left Sunderland in April after a turbulent five-month spell at the Championship club who were involved in a ultimately unsuccessful relegation struggle.

But the Swansea-born manager is best remembered for his time in charge of Wales, whom he took to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Coleman also worked in Spain with Real Soceidad in the 2007-08 season.

Hebei are eighth in the Chinese Super League, which is currently on a two-month break. Fixtures resume after the end of the World Cup next month.

Reporting by Neil Robinson, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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