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Dublin: 3°C Saturday 23 January 2021

End of the road for Steve Bruce at Sunderland

Black Cats owner and chairman Ellis Short says results were ‘not good enough’.

Steve Bruce: leaves the Stadium of Light.
Steve Bruce: leaves the Stadium of Light.
Image: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

STEVE BRUCE IS no longer the Sunderland manager. `

A club statement this evening explains that the former Manchester United man has ‘parted ways’ with the Black Cats.

Saturday’s home defeat to Wigan left Sunderland 16th in the Barclays Premier League, two points above the relegation zone. It seems that was the last straw for owner Ellis Short.

“This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.” he told the club’s official website.

“It is my job as chairman to act in the best interests of our football club at all times and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that I have taken lightly. Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change.

“Steve has acted with honesty and integrity throughout, which is testament to the character and commitment he has shown during his time at Sunderland.

“I would like to personally place on record my thanks to him for his significant contribution to our football club over the past two and a half years and everyone here at Sunderland naturally wishes him the very best for the future.

“I would also like to thank our fans, who have endured a trying start to the season. Their support continues to be the driving force behind our club and is vital as we now look to the future.”

Assistant manager Eric Black will take charge of the first team until a new boss is appointed.

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