Sunderland’s aim after being relegated to the Championship last season would have been to fight their way back into the Premier League.
However, they have found themselves in another dog fight at the bottom of the table having won just a single game in 15 outings.
Simon Grayson, who took over the Black Cats in the summer, had huge pressure on his shoulders heading into Tuesday night’s contest against bottom side Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light.
The match was a frantic one as Sunderland came from behind to take a 2-1 lead before eventually salvaging a 3-3 draw.
Minutes after the final whistle, the North-East outfit confirmed via their official website that Grayson has been sacked with immediate effect.
The managerial merry-go-round is nothing new in football, but the fans of Sunderland’s arch rivals Newcastle United certainly took joy in the news.
— Mike Haddon (@haddon_mike) October 31, 2017
And to think some Sunderland fans actually fancied Grayson over a manager like Rafa. #nufc
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) October 31, 2017
— Ben (@BonStine) October 31, 2017
— steve (@oldheatonian) October 31, 2017
— Lightning (@shawwal_96) October 31, 2017
— Andy Connelly (@andy77nufc) October 31, 2017
— Colly (@boldi1983) October 31, 2017
— Peter Wood (@gallowgate_pete) October 31, 2017
The Magpies replaced Sunderland in the Premier League last season after winning the Championship.