Jack Ross has left Sunderland.
An official club statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming the news.
The club had failed to win six of their first 11 league games and are in sixth, already eight points off the top and behind Fleetwood and Wycombe amongst others.
The news of sacking Jack Ross follows only minutes after media reports brought breaking news that Sunderland’s long awaited takeover has fell through.
Newspaper reports saying the prospective new owners had found the club to be significantly overvalued after examining the books.
Previous reports had claimed that Sam Allardyce was keen to return to Sunderland if new owners took over.
Interesting to see who our friends down the road do now turn to…
Official Sunderland Statement:
Sunderland AFC announced this afternoon that it had terminated the contract of manager Jack Ross.
SAFC chairman Stewart Donald said: “This is a decision that has been made with a heavy heart. When we arrived at the club 18 months ago, we appointed Jack because we felt that he was the right man to take Sunderland forward over a number of years.
“Jack has worked extremely hard, and has helped us achieve stability at the club, and I sincerely thank him for his efforts. I hope and believe that he will go on to have a successful career in management.”
Assistant manager James Fowler has been placed in temporary charge of first team affairs and will oversee this evening’s home game against Grimsby Town in the leasing.com Trophy. The process to appoint a new Sunderland manager will commence tomorrow.