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Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Simon Grayson sacked as Sunderland manager after draw with Bolton

Simon Grayson sacked as Sunderland manager after draw with Bolton

In the battle of the Championship's bottom two, both teams took the lead and lost it before Paddy McNair levelled things up for the final time with 11 minutes remaining.

After four months in the job, Simon Grayson has been sacked as Sunderland manager after a dismal start to their 2017/18 Championship season.

Since joining the Black Cats from Preston, Grayson managed just one win from 15 league games.

Sunderland have handed coaching duo Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale the reigns on a caretaker basis for Sunday's Tees-Wear derby at Middlesbrough as they wait to appoint a new manager.

McKinlay, former assistant to David Moyes at Real Sociedad, has had stints in charge of Watford and Norweigan side Stabaek.

They have failed to record a victory at home since December of previous year.

The Black Cats are likely to make a permanent appointment during the global break, with Milwall the next visitors to the Stadium of Light on November 18th.

They now reside in the drop zone having taken only ten points from their 15 fixtures to date and have won just one league game all season.

"Simon (Grayson) and his team have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the football club during their time here", chief executive Martin Bain announced via a written statement on Sunderland's official website.

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

Since Roy Keane's exit in December 2008, the Black Cats have had nine full-time managers.

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