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Sunderland sack manager after stunning Sammy Ameobi strike – Video

3 years ago
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Tuesday night proved a step too far for Sunderland and Simon Grayson.

Despite making it only defeat in five matches, Grayson was 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.

Last night’s draw means it is now 11 months since they won a league game at home, equalling the English record of 19 home matches without a victory.

It was second bottom against rock bottom but Bolton are showing signs of life since Sammy Ameobi returned from injury.

After picking up only two points from the first 11 matches, Bolton are now on a run of four matches without defeat and that is largely due to three stunning long range strikes from the former Newcastle winger.

His latest came 32 minutes into last night’s match, a great hit (watch it below) from almost 30 yards ending up in the bottom right corner.

Sunderland came back to lead 2-1, only for another Geordie and Newcastle fan, Gary Madine, to equalise. Bolton then went 3-2 up before a late goal from McNair prevented Sunderland sinking to the very bottom.

Ironically, Simon Grayson was sacked as Sunderland actually moved up the table, Burton replacing them second from bottom.

Adam Armstrong, on loan from Newcastle, once again failed to score for Bolton but he played a full part in the home side’s struggles, before being subbed with six minutes to go.

Last season Blackburn went down with 51 points, so far Sunderland have 10 from 15 matches. Already they are needing close to averaging a win every other game to get them up around that 51+ points mark.

The Mackems have now sacked two managers since they last won a home game.

Interesting to see who they get next.

From crowd images circulating last night, it looked as though only around 15,000 bothered turning up last night, as they sat there watching their team sink even closer to a return to League One, I wonder how many of them were reflecting on May 2016 when they took such joy in Newcastle’s relegation and were telling Geordies to ‘enjoy the Championship’.

At the time we didn’t realise that they meant this season as well!!!

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.’

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