Martin Bain: Why I sacked Simon Grayson as Sunderland manager

Ross Houston
November 1, 2017

Bain axed Simon Grayson after last night's 3-3 draw against Bolton Wanderers, and is now on the hunt for a full-time replacement.

Ahead of the Tees-Wear derby with Middlesbrough on Sunday, ex-Boro defender Stockdale and former Watford boss McKinlay have been installed as joint caretakers.

However, the Black Cats have won just one league game under his stewardship as the side continue to struggle to adapt to football league life following last season's relegation from the Premier League.


McKinlay and Stockdale took first-team training this morning.

The statement concluded: "A further announcement regarding the vacant manager's position will be made in due course".

And while praising the hard work Grayson and his assistant Glynn Snodin put in to the club, chief executive Bain said results on the pitch weren't befitting a club of Sunderland's stature.


Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson pays tribute to Simon Grayson after he is sacked just four months into his reign at Sunderland.

"In order for us to improve upon our current position we believe a fundamental change is necessary". This has left Sunderland in the relegation zone, two points adrift of Birmingham City who sit in 21st who also have a game in hand.

Grayson has become the ninth permanent manager to be dismissed by Sunderland since Roy Keane's exit in December 2008 and the club will now draw up another list of potential successors to help save the club's season.


Grayson left Preston in the summer after a spell that lasted for more than four years to become David Moyes' successor at the Stadium of Light.

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