I'm lucky to be handed chance to revive Sunderland, says Coleman

Albert Adomah

Albert Adomah

Scott Hogan is also out of contention, leaving Steve Bruce just Keinan Davis as his only fully fit striker, as the former Brentford hitman has had to undergo a stomach operation.

Bellamy is among the favourites to succeed Chris Coleman, who resigned his position last Friday to take over at Championship strugglers Sunderland.

Having enhanced his reputation by guiding Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals, he could have been forgiven for biding his time for a less taxing position to come along, but Coleman was not going to wait for the axe to fall on one of his colleagues. Not all great people work in my industry.

"I said when I took my last job that the challenge was tough because of the circumstances, replacing my friend Speeds (Gary Speed)", Coleman said yesterday.

Coleman's first game will be Tuesday's trip to fifth-placed Aston Villa in the Championship.

Chris Coleman
GETTYChris Coleman started life at Sunderland with a defeat

"The group of players are there, the balance of the team, young players coming through, you need someone who has been involved in the set up for a number of years so you know who is coming through", before smiling and saying: "Which I do!" I've come through that and I'm confident I'll come through this.

"I've worked with Wales' younger age groups, so I've got a good idea of the system that's been put in place and producing players at a young level".

Asked what would represent a realistic target, Coleman, who is moving his family to Wearside, said: "Safety from where we are".

"To be bottom of the league after 17 games and start setting unrealistic goals, I don't like doing that". What we've got to do is get away from where we are, otherwise we will be in a relegation battle.

"We've got a lot of games, a lot of points to play for".