Steve Bruce sacked as Sunderland boss after ‘trying start’ to season

Sunderland part company with manager Steve Bruce in the wake of the Black Cats' disappointing start to the season

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Steve Bruce took charge at the Stadium of Light in 2009 Photo: dkodigital, via Flickr

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Steve Bruce has been sacked by Sunderland following the Premier League club’s disappointing start to the season.

Sunderland are currently two points above the relegation zone in 16th place, having won only two league games so far this season.

Bruce, who took charge at the Stadium of Light in 2009, led Sunderland to a 13th place finish in his first season in charge before guiding them into 10th place last term.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said: “This has been a difficult time for everyone at Sunderland and is not a situation that any of us envisaged or expected to be in.

“It is my job as chairman to act in the best interests of our football club at all times and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that I have taken lightly. Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change.

“Steve has acted with honesty and integrity throughout, which is testament to the character and commitment he has shown during his time at Sunderland.

“I would like to personally place on record my thanks to him for his significant contribution to our football club over the past two and a half years and everyone here at Sunderland naturally wishes him the very best for the future.

“I would also like to thank our fans, who have endured a trying start to the season. Their support continues to be the driving force behind our club and is vital as we now look to the future.”

The club will now begin its search for a new manager and will make a further announcement in due course. Assistant manager Eric Black will take charge of first team duties in the interim period.

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