Today, Sunderland AFC announced that Jack Ross has been removed from his position as manager of the club.
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.
Jack 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.
After a muted start to the season, Sunderland currently sit in seventh place after eleven games. However, recent results - culminating with a particularly poor showing against Lincoln this weekend - had led to fans questioning the manager’s approach to games.
Travelling fans vented their feelings to the manager this past weekend as they were swatted aside with ease by Michael Appleton’s side, with strong calls from supporters that a replacement in the manager’s hotseat was needed.
Shouts began a few weeks back at Bolton, when chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing” combined with elements of the fanbase joining in with Bolton fans’ chorus of “You’re getting sacked in the morning” led to a defiant Ross arguing after the game that:
Any criticism, give it to me. That’s my job.
You make decisions based on how you think players have performed at the time. We then find an equaliser, so whether that justifies it or not I don’t know.
It is my job to do that, it is fine, criticism, no problem.
However, the powers that be seemingly agree with the fans’ frustrations as Ross has been let go with less than a year left to run on his current deal with the club.
Attention now turns to Stewart Donald and the Sunderland hierarchy as they search for a manager capable of improving Sunderland’s current position.