Sunderland Sack Simon Grayson

by Jack Kitson / 31 October 2017, 22:25

Sunderland are once again on the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Simon Grayson following a 3-3 draw with fellow Championship strugglers Bolton.

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Grayson headed into the crunch clash knowing that anything other than a win could prove to be costly, and that proved to be exactly the case as he was instantly dismissed in the aftermath of the draw: 17 minutes to be precise.

The result left the 22nd-placed Black Cats with a pitiful return of just 10 points from their opening 15 matches of the season.

In those 15 matches Sunderland scraped only one solitary victory, which dated all the way back to August, with tonight’s 3-3 draw with the Trotters extending the club’s winless league run to a whopping 13 games, while they’re still without a home league win since December...

In total Grayson won three, drew seven and lost eight of his 18 league and cup matches at the helm. His win rate of 16.7% was even worse than former boss David Moyes (18.4%), who endured a shocking single season in charge, which ended in relegation from the Premier League.

Next up for Sunderland is a trip to rivals Middlesbrough on Sunday lunchtime.

In a statement Sunderland said:

"Sunderland AFC has this evening parted company with manager Simon Grayson.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Simon and his staff for their efforts during their time at the football club.

"Chief executive Martin Bain said: “Simon and his team have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the football club during their time here.

“While we hoped that Simon’s experience in the Football League would help us to a successful season, results have not been good enough for a club of this stature.

“In order for us to improve upon our current position we believe a fundamental change is necessary.”

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