Sunderland have sacked Scots manager Jack Ross.
The former Alloa and St Mirren boss, who won PFA Scotland Manager of the Year in 2018-18, was appointed at the Stadium of Light in May last year.
He led the club to the finals of last season’s League One play-offs, losing out to Charlton.
The club are currently in sixth place in League One.
Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald said in statement on the club’s website: “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.”
Former Kilmarnock star James Fowler, who was Ross’ assistant, has been placed in temporary charge of the first team for Sunderland’s leasing.com Trophy match against Grimsby tonight.