1. ITV Report

Sunderland terminate contract of manager Jack Ross

  • Watch video report above as Sunderland fans react to the news Jack Ross has left Sunderland

Sunderland AFC announced this afternoon that it had terminated the contract of manager Jack Ross.

In May 2018, the 43-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Black Cats after compensation was agreed for him to move to the Stadium of Light from St Mirren.

At the time, Ross said: "I feel I’ve always been fairly pragmatic about the choices I’ve made career-wise, and for me this a really good fit. Time will be the proof in that, but I’m very confident."

On Saturday, Sunderland lost 2-0 to Lincoln City. They currently sit in 6th place in League One.

  • In a statement to the League Managers Association, Jack Ross said:

It has been an honour to have the responsibility and privilege of managing Sunderland AFC for the past eighteen months, and it is with regret that I leave my position there.

I leave with my head held high in respect to the depth of commitment and hard work my staff and I applied to the job. I offer my sincerest gratitude to all my staff, those who I brought with me to the club, and those who were already in place. Every single one of them has provided me with huge support and are not only good at their jobs, but more importantly are fantastic people.

I would also like to extend my thanks to all the players I worked with and who bought into my ideas and workings, and I will miss the relationships I built with them.

To the supporters of the club I offer my thanks for their welcome eighteen months ago and their support since. I hope that the future brings a deserved reward for their passionate and loyal backing.

Finally, I reflect upon two Wembley finals, one league defeat at the Stadium of Light, victories over Premier League opposition and an overall progressive record and take satisfaction from them. Furthermore, I believe that we rebuilt a spirit within the Academy of Light under the most challenging circumstances at times.

Thank you to Sunderland AFC and good luck.

– Jack Ross
  • 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.

ack 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 Trophy.

The process to appoint a new Sunderland manager will commence tomorrow.

– SAFC statement
Jack Ross has left the club Credit: PA

Jack Ross' record at Sunderland