Sunderland sack manager with the club still without a home win in 2017
Simon Grayson has been sacked after just 18 games as Sunderland manager.
His departure, which was announced 17 minutes after a 3-3 draw with bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers, comes just four months after he was appointed and leaves with club in 22nd place.
The former Preston North End boss took over at the Stadium of Light in June, replacing David Moyes, who left after the club were relegated.
However, he won just one league game as Sunderland boss.
Assistant manager Glynn Snodin has also gone, with no announcement as to who will take caretaker charge of the team for Sunday's Tees-Wear derby against Middlesbrough.
Chief executive Martin Bain said: "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."