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Chris Coleman tipped to be new Sunderland manager

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ITV News Tyne Tees understands that Chris Coleman, the Wales manager, has agreed to become the new manager of Sunderland AFC.

The 47-year-old is expected to be confirmed as Simon Grayson’s successor over the weekend in what will be a major boost for Sunderland.

It comes at the end of a 17-day search to find a replacement at the Stadium of Light.

We are extremely disappointed to see Chris’ tenure as Wales manager come to an end.

The FAW and Wales as a nation will be eternally grateful for the job he has done over the last six years as National Team Manager, from travelling the length and breadth of Wales outside of the media spotlight to talk to players and supporters, to guiding us to the semi-finals of the European Championships.

We wish Chris the very best of luck for the future as he returns to club management, a desire for which he has always been honest and open about.

– Jonathan Ford, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales

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Call for minimum alcohol price in England

Call for minimum alcohol price in England. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A North East alcohol awareness charity is calling on the government to introduce a minimum alcohol price in England.

It comes after the supreme court ruled in favour of a minimum unit price in Scotland.

Balance North East says a new laws could reduce the number of alcohol related deaths and hospital admissions.

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87-year-old in critical condition in hospital following collision in Hebburn

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Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a serious collision between a car and an elderly pedestrian in Hebburn.

At around 2.15pm on Thursday afternoon, a red Ford Fiesta was travelling on Victoria Road West when it collided with an 87-year-old pedestrian near to the junction of South Drive.

Emergency services responded and the pedestrian was taken to hospital with serious injuries. He remains in a critical condition.

The driver was spoken to by officers at the scene. They were not injured but left very shaken by the incident.

A road closure was put in place after the incident to allow officers to carry out their investigation but that has since been re-opened.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers particularly want to speak to any motorists who were driving in the area at the time and may have dashboard footage that can be reviewed by police.

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