Last night proved a step too far for Sunderland Manager Simon Grayson.
Sacked only minutes after the final whistle went on Sunderland 3 Bolton 3, with only one win in 15 Championship games, the Mackems have now dispensed with League One specialist boss Grayson.
Adam Armstrong, on loan from Newcastle, once again failed to score for Bolton but he did well before being subbed in the 84th minute.
Even better, having been released by Rafa Benitez in the summer, Sammy Ameobi sent a near 30 yarder into the bottom corner to open the scoring.
So who will be next Sunderland Manager?
Some interesting names thrown up in the early betting, the shortest priced favourites listed below along with a few quirky outside bets:
2/1 Aitor Karanka
6/1 Kevin Phillips
8/1 Kevin Ball
8/1 Nigel Pearson
10/1 Paul Lambert
12/1 John O’Shea
12/1 Roy Keane
14/1 Ally McCoist
16/1 Sam Allardyce
16/1 Alex McCleish
25/1 Sven Goran Eriksson
25/1 Ryan Giggs
25/1 Lee Clark
25/1 Mick McCarthy
25/1 Jurgen Klinsmann
25/1 Harry Redknapp
I can’t quite picture Jurgen Klinsmann fancying life in League One but I wouldn’t mind seeing Alan Pardew or Harry Redknapp going in there! As for David Moyes returning…
Full list of betting odds here.
Sunderland Official Halloween Statement:
‘Sunderland AFC has this evening parted company with manager Simon Grayson.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Simon and his staff for their efforts during their time at the football club.
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.”
Assistant manager Glynn Snodin also departs.’