The former Sunderland manager is reportedly being considered for the Southampton post.

The former Sunderland manager Chris Coleman could return to work with Southampton.

The Daily Mirror reports (October 29, page 55) that Coleman, who was sacked by Sunderland in May 2018 and later managed Hebei China Fortune, heads a list of possible replacements should Ralph Hasenhuttl lose his job as boss.

The 49-year-old has also managed Fulham, Real Sociedad, Coventry City, Larissa and Wales. But which of his old players might he fancy should he return to work at St Mary’s? HITC Sport looks at three possibilities…

Ethan Ampadu (Leipzig, on loan from Chelsea)

No Premier League team has conceded more goals than Southampton this season (25) and the centre of the Saints’ defence could be a priority position when it comes to January recruits. Ampadu was handed his Wales debut by Coleman, shortly before the latter departed for Sunderland, and having failed to feature for loan club Leipzig this season, Chelsea could look to relocate the teen this winter. 

Ovie Ejaria (Reading, on loan from Liverpool)

James Ward-Prowse is the only Southampton central midfielder to have scored or assisted a Premier League goal this campaign (one) and some creativity may be required if the Saints are to stay up. In that time, Ejaria, who Coleman borrowed at Sunderland, has made three direct goal contributions for loan club Reading and is the Championship’s seventh-best player overall, according to Whoscored.com. Whether he can be prised away from the Royals, where his deal runs until the summer, remains to be seen however.

Josh Maja (Bordeaux)

Danny Ings is the only Southampton striker to have scored or assisted a Premier League goal this campaign (five) and with one of their other three options, Shane Long, out of contract in June, reinforcements could be on Coleman’s agenda if he takes charge. The Welshman handed Maja his league debut for Sunderland, although it is with Bordeaux that the Nigeria international now plays after a £1.5 million January move. Maja has started just one of his 10 outings this season, however, and may be open to a return to the country of his birth.

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