Former St Mirren boss Jack Ross sacked as manager of Sunderland

Jack Ross has been relieved of his duties as manager of Sunderland, the League One club have announced.

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Though they competed for promotion for most of the campaign they ultimately fell short, losing 2-1 to Charlton Athletic in the play-off final despite taking an early lead.

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Ross kept his job over the summer but pressure increased on the Scot after a sub-par start to the new league season.

Former Sunderland manager Jack Ross.

A 2-0 defeat at Lincoln City this past weekend left Sunderland sixth in the League One table, eight points from the top.

The board made the decision to make a change at manager, with ex-Queen of the South boss James Fowler taking temporary charge as they seek a replacement.

Chairman Stewart Donald said in a club statement: "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.”

Jack Ross led St Mirren to promotion.