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Coleman calls for a 'passionate Welshman' to replace him as Wales boss

Coleman is heading to Championship side Sunderland Credit: PA

Chris Coleman has called for a 'passionate Welshman' to replace him as Wales boss following his sudden departure on Friday night.

Breaking his silence for the first time since agreeing to join Championship side Sunderland, Coleman said his replacement should be Welsh.

In a video shown on the BBC Sport website, Coleman said, "It needs to be a passionate Welshman for me," when asked about his successor at the Newport christmas lights switch on Saturday evening.

It needs to be a passionate Welshman for me.

He should work to fulfil what the whole nation is looking towards which is a good team with some good young players coming through. But obviously it is not my decision. That will be the powers that be.

We are all passionate Welshmen and women so a huge thank you for everything you have done for me and the team over the past six years, you have been absolutely amazing.

– Chris Coleman

Former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs, West Brom manager Tony Pulis, and ex-Wales captain Craig Bellamy are the early frontrunners to take over from him.

Coleman was appointed Wales manager in January 2012 following the death of his great friend Gary Speed.

The former Fulham and Real Sociedad boss struggled at first and Wales' 6-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Serbia led to some fans calling for his dismissal. But Coleman was to lead Wales to their first major tournament for 58 years before a last-four defeat against eventual winners Portugal in last summer's Euro's.

Coleman's first game in charge will be at Aston Villa on Tuesday.

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