Jack Rodwell: Chris Coleman has 'no idea' where Sunderland midfielder is

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Speaking to the press (h/t Chronicle Live) ahead of the Championship match with the Cottagers, Coleman was asked about Rodwell's availability, and the Welshman explained that it was nearly certain he wouldn't feature.

"I don't even know where Jack is [physically or mentally] to be honest".

"If there was a sniff of a first-team appearance, I'm not sure he'd be 100% fit for it", Coleman said.

Ex-Manchester City midfielder Rodwell was linked with a surprise move to Celtic Park in the January transfer window, with sources suggesting Brendan Rodgers was keen to reignite the 27-year-old's floundering career.

The Welsh manager believes that Rodwell "wouldn't fancy" playing for Sunderland even if he was picked.

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Roy Hodgson's first managerial job in England came at Bristol City Credit Getty Images

Rodwell is one of Sunderland's biggest earners, on his £70,000 a week contract, and Coleman will look to get him off the wage bill when he overhauls the squad next season.

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman says he "doesn't know" the whereabouts of want-away midfielder Jack Rodwell.

However, he chose to stay where he was, insisting in a newspaper interview that is was "unfair" to expect him to walk away from his lucrative deal with nowhere to go, and that he was fit and available for selection. But where is he going to leave and go to?

Defeat at home to Burton Albion brought a disastrous one-year stay in the second tier to a close and the Black Cats must start planning for the future. But the stumbling block is the contract.

Should Rodwell remain on the books next season, his salary will be reduced by 40 per cent.


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