Is Coleman proving he made the right decision to join Sunderland?

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

The Sunderland job has been viewed as a poisoned chalice in recent years.

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland won their first home game in 364 days at the weekend, a run which spanned 22 matches, with a 1-0 triumph over Fulham. 

Chris Coleman has quickly taken Sunderland out of the relegation zone after just five matches in charge. He has won two, earned a credible draw at table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers and lost the other two games against Aston Villa and Reading. 

His five games have already yielded more wins than Simon Grayson managed and Coleman's haul of seven points is just three fewer than the former Preston managed in 15 games. 

Sunderland manager Simon Grayson looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Derby County at Stadium of Light on August 4, 2017 in Sunderland, England. Simon Grayson won just one league game during his ill-fated spell at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are now 21st, out of the bottom three and all of a sudden confidence has grown ahead of the festive period. The Black Cats next match is a huge six-pointer against bottom club Birmingham City so if they win that could open up a healthy gap ahead of the trap door. 

David Moyes previously admitted in the Chronicle that taking the Sunderland job was a mistake while Grayson was also affected by the clubs off-field troubles.

The same questions were asked of Coleman as to whether he was risking his reputation by accepting the job at the Stadium of Light. 

Already he's had a better first five games than the previous two managers and if he continues picking up points at the same ratio, then Sunderland will survive and he'll enhance his already strong reputation even further. 

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Coleman sees Sunderland as a club with potential. After all, it was two future stars Josh Maja and Joel Asoro who he brought on to help win the Fulham game with 18-year-old Maja scoring the winner. As well as the youngsters, Sunderland have a fantastic fan base so with every positive result, the crowds will slowly come back. 

If Coleman can make some shrewd signings, keep the Black Cats up then there's no reason why they can't go for promotion next season and the Welshman's stock can continue to rise. 

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