Sunderland have confirmed this afternoon that manager Jack Ross has had his contract terminated after a disappointing start to the season.
They currently sit 6th place in the League One table, but are already below their target of promotion and eight points behind leaders Ipswich Town.
? #SAFC announce this afternoon that it has terminated the contract of manager Jack Ross.
Full story… ?https://t.co/rua4kO5nHa
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 8, 2019
He was appointed in May 2018 on a two year deal after the club’s second successive relegation. In his time with the Black Cats, he led to the finals of the League One playoffs (beating Portsmouth and losing to Charlton), and also the final of the EFL Trophy (which Sunderland also lost) against Pompey.
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.
Fans took to give their reaction with majority thrilled with the news that Jack Ross has gone, some suggested who will replace him – see those tweets on the next page.