Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coleman Can't Wait to Get Going at the Stadium of Light; BOSS PRAISES CLUB'S AMAZING FACILITIES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coleman Can't Wait to Get Going at the Stadium of Light; BOSS PRAISES CLUB'S AMAZING FACILITIES

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Byline: SEAN MCCORMICK Sports Writer sean.mccormick@trinitymirror.com @S_McCormick95

CHRIS Coleman admits he is 'very excited' about his first game in charge of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light with a bumper crowd expected for the visit of Reading on Saturday.

Coleman is into his second week in charge of the Black Cats but is yet to sample a home game following trips to Aston Villa and Burton Albion.

The Welshman had a little look around the stadium this week and is eager to get his first taste of being in the home dugout at the weekend.

"It's an amazing place, I've obviously been here before as a visitor," Coleman said.

"But it is fantastic. There is an atmosphere in there without there being any people in there. It is a proper football stadium and it is a place where you look forward to plying your trade.

"Even though we haven't been getting the results there, you have to look forward to going there to play football.

"I have had my first little look around it for half-an-hour, and I am very excited about it."

The Black Cats have been having a torrid time of it on Wearside this year and have not won at home since beating Watford in December 2016.

The 2-2 draw against Millwall was the 20th game in succession they have failed to win on home soil, setting an English record in the process. But Coleman has been keen to focus on the positives and feels that a couple of performances will quickly change the mood and get Sunderland fans excited again.

"I think because it is such a big stadium and such a big fan-base, you can be a little bit put off by that when you are not playing well and not getting results," Coleman added.

"But you have to look at the positives. If we get results and get performances then they are going to be on our side.

"That is what we are trying to achieve, and that is the challenge - to get them excited again.

"We have been bottom of the league and there is still 20-odd thousand showing up. …

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