Wednesday 30 November 2011
Sunderland have parted company with their manager Steve Bruce.
The 50-year-old joined the Black Cats from Barclays Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2009.
He led Sunderland to 13th in his first season in charge and 10th last time around, but the club are now struggling in 16th place and have only won once in their previous eight matches.
Club chairman Ellis Short told their official website (safc.com): "This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and it is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.
"Results have not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change"
- Ellis Short
"It is my job as chairman to act in the best interests of our football club and this is not a decision that I have taken lightly. Sadly results have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change.
"Steve has acted with honesty and integrity throughout, which is testament to the character and commitment he has shown during his time at Sunderland.
"I would like to personally place on record my thanks to him for his significant contribution to our football club and everyone here at Sunderland naturally wishes him the very best for the future.
"I would also like to thank our fans, who have endured a trying start to the season. Their support continues to be the driving force behind our club and is vital as we now look to the future."
Sunderland's next match in the Barclays Premier League is a trip to Molineux to face Wolves on Sunday 4th December.
While they begin the process of looking for a new manager, assistant Eric Black will take charge of first-team duties in the interim period.