Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has become the first high profile casualty of the season after parting company with the Black cats following a poor start to the campaign. Assistant manager Eric Black has taken over interim first-team duties.

"It is my job to act in the best interests of our football club and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision that I have taken lightly," chairman Ellis Short said.

"Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change."

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