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Sunderland sack manager Simon Grayson

Sunderland Football Club have sacked manager Simon Grayson following the Black Cat's 3-3 draw with relegation rivals Bolton on Tuesday night.

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Grayson, who only joined the club from Preston North End in the summer, won only one of his 15 league games in charge of the Black Cats.

The Black Cats are currently 22nd in the Championship after 15 games.

The news of Grayson's departure came less than 20 minutes after the final whistle of the Wearsiders match on Tuesday evening.

Chief Executive Martin Bain announced the news via a written statement.

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.”

– Chief Executive Martin Bain

There were reports that Grayson's position was under scrutiny after a poor start to the Championship season.

His side twice fell behind to relegation rivals Bolton at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening before fighting back to draw the match 3-3.Assistant manager Glynn Snodin also departs.

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