FORMER St Mirren boss Jack Ross has been sacked by Sunderland after less than 18 months in charge of the English League One club.
The Scot took over the Stadium of Light outfit as successor to Chris Coleman, but was unable to guide to club to immediate promotion back to the Championship, losing to Charlton in the League One play-off Final.
The Wearside outfit have struggled for consistency in this campaign and a 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City has left the club sixth in the division, eight points behind leaders Ipswich Town.
Chairman Stewart Donald, speaking to Sky Sports News, 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.”
Ross’ fellow-Scot Davie Moyes was in charge at Sunderland when they lost their Premier League status and former Welsh boss Coleman saw them relegated from the Championship the following season.
The ex-Paisley Saints gaffer was called in to turn things around, but the axe has now fallen leaving the former Falkirk defender as one of the early casualties of the new campaign.