New Sunderland boss Chris Coleman believes special times can come back to the Stadium of Light as they look to climb up the Championship table.
The Black Cats decided to part company with Simon Grayson after a torrid start to the season, with the club rock bottom of the standings going into Tuesday’s encounter with Aston Villa.
Coleman, who decided to step down as Wales boss to take up the role at the Stadium of Light, is looking forward to the challenge and believes the club can achieve something special in the future.
“It’s an opportunity for me to manage a big football club and I wasn’t going to pass that up,” he said.
“I am under no illusions but I just wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to come here and try to build something and get away from the position we are in.
“I do think there is something special that is waiting to come back to the football club.
“We have to find that magic spice. Someone will do it and if it’s not me it will be someone else, but when I was offered the opportunity I thought it would be great if it was me.”
Meanwhile Sunderland have suffered a blow with the news forward Duncan Watmore has suffered a suspected cruciate knee ligament and will have to go under the knife to resolve the problem.
The 23-year-old has had a tough time with injuries in his short career to date and the latest major setback is set to see him sidelined for another significant spell.
The Black Cats, who are 6/4 to suffer a second successive relegation this season, are 9/2 to win at Villa in Coleman’s first game in charge. Villa are available at 7/10 and the draw is priced at 3/1.