Stadium of Light boss leaves after poor start to the season.
Sunderland have parted company with manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce becomes the first Premier League manager to leave his job this season after two wins in the first 13 games.
“It is my job to act in the best interests of our football club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that I have taken lightly,” chairman Ellis Short said.
“Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
To be honest this has been on the cards for a few weeks and it was a fair bet that Steve Bruce and Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean were neck and neck in the race to become the first Premier League boss to be axed this season.
The 50 year old moved to the Stadium of Light in May 2009 and guided Sunderland to 13th and 10th place finishes but despite a decent transfer budget being made available in the summer the Black Cats have gone backwards and notched up just two wins in 13 games and currently sit in 16th place in the table with 11 points.
Martin O’Neill is the favourite in the betting to fill the vacancy at present.