Ally McCoist confirms discussions over the Sunderland job

Wales' manager Chris Coleman follows the game from the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Georgia and Wales in Tbilisi on October 6, 2017.

Ally McCoist admitted publicly that he was interested in taking the Sunderland job, but they went for Chris Coleman instead.

Rangers manger Ally McCoist during the Scottish Championship League Match between Rangers and Dumbarton, at Ibrox Stadium on August 23, 2014 Glasgow, Scotland.

Ally McCoist has confirmed to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 24th November, that he had discussions with Martin Bain over the Sunderland job.

McCoist confirmed that he wanted the Sunderland job when Simon Grayson was dismissed, and he was given the opportunity to speak to Bain about taking the job.

The former Black Cats player said: “I spoke to Sunderland with Martin, but I did think I had a chance at the job. Sunderland are clearly a club that are close to my heart and I wish them all the very best.”

Rangers manager Ally McCoist reacts during the Scottish League Cup Quarter final between Rangers and St Johnstoneat Ibrox Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sunderland ended up placing Chris Coleman in charge instead of McCoist, as they seek to spark a big improvement in their form.

Sunderland are currently sat at the bottom of the Championship table, after what has been a disastrous campaign to date.

Wales' head coach Chris Coleman gestures during a training session at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on November 9, 2017, on the eve of the friendly football...

The Black Cats have not been able to find the winning formula, and have picked up three points on just one occasion.

Coleman has already taken charge of his first Sunderland match, but the North East side were beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa on that occasion.

Sunderland are next in action this weekend, when they take on Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.

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