SUNDERLAND, England (AP) — American businessman Ellis Short has finally agreed to sell Sunderland — and his last act as owner of the beleaguered English club was to oversee the departure of Chris Coleman.
Short's decade-long reign at Sunderland ends shortly after the club was relegated to the England's third tier in a second straight demotion, having fallen out of the Premier League only 12 months ago.
Sunderland announced Sunday that Coleman had been released from his contract after winning just five of his 29 games since replacing Simon Grayson in November. Coleman led Wales to the semifinals of the European Championship in 2016.
Fifteen minutes later, the club said a deal had been struck to sell to a group led by the chairman of non-league team Eastleigh.
Short has been looking to sell Sunderland for some time.