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Chris Coleman insists he's not bitter following Wales exit

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New Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has insisted he left his job as Wales manager with no bitterness over the difference of opinion which prompted his exit.

The 47-year-old was formally unveiled as the struggling Black Cats' latest manager on Monday morning barely three days after deciding not to renew his contract with the national team, which he guided to the Euro 2016 semi-finals during a hugely successful six-year spell in charge.

However, as he took up the reins on Wearside, it was without regret.

Asked if the Football Association of Wales could have done more to keep him, Coleman replied: "I'm not going to be negative about the Welsh FA. We had great times.

Like I said, they saw it differently to me. Speaking with the chief executive at Wales, he clearly saw it differently to me, hence that was the end of it for me.

But I'm not going to drag that out. I have great memories. I'm a fiercely proud Welshman, I wish them the best going forward.

I absolutely love the players and the staff, adore them and the supporters, the Red Wall. I couldn't ask for any more from any of them, so I am not going to end that on a negative.

It was what it was, done. It's gone and now I'm here, it's all about Sunderland.

– Chris Coleman, Sunderland Manager