Next Sunderland manager

A general view of the stadium during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion at Stadium of Light on February 21, 2015

Sunderland have sacked manager Simon Grayson after only 15 league games in charge, with the club languishing in the Championship relegation zone.

The Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League last season, and their first campaign back in the second tier has got off to a disastrous start with just one win from their opening 15 outings.

A 3-3 home draw with rock-bottom Bolton Wanderers proved to be the final straw for the Sunderland board as they parted company with Grayson just 16 minutes after the final whistle, with the club still without a home win in any competition this calendar year.

The search now begins for a replacement, with Ryan Giggs, Derek McInnes and Kevin Phillips amongst the frontrunners.

Chris Coleman leads a Wales training session on March 22, 2016
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Paul Heckingbottom poses with his League One manager of the month award for March 2016
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Chris Coleman leads a Wales training session on March 22, 2016
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Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, looks on during the pre season friendly match between Derby County and Rangers at iPro Stadium on August 2, 2014
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Paul Heckingbottom poses with his League One manager of the month award for March 2016
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Paul Heckingbottom poses with his League One manager of the month award for March 2016
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Harry Redknapp in charge of Birmingham City in April 2017
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Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka looks on prior to his side's Premier League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 5, 2016
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Brighton & Hove Albion Interim Manager Nathan Jones looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage on December 29, 2014
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Sam Allardyce watches on during the Premier League game between Crystal Palace and Leicester City on April 15, 2017
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Brighton & Hove Albion Interim Manager Nathan Jones looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brighton & Hove Albion at Craven Cottage on December 29, 2014
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Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy on August 13, 2016
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Rangers manager Ally McCoist looks on from the stand during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Newcastle United at Ibrox Stadium on August 06, 2013
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Manager Simon Grayson of Preston North End applauds the fans after the FA Cup Fifth round match between Preston North End and Manchester United at Deepdale on February 16, 2015
Simon Grayson issues Sunderland statement
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Harry Redknapp in charge of Birmingham City in April 2017
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Fulham assistant Manager Billy McKinlay prior to an FA Cup match on January 26, 2013
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Nov 1, 15:16
Simon Grayson manager of Preston North End looks on prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth round match between Nottingham Forest and Preston North End at City Ground on January 24, 2014
Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson: 'Simon Grayson had tough job'
Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson pays tribute to Simon Grayson after he was sacked just four months into his reign at Sunderland.
Nov 1, 09:40
A more recent picture of Simon Grayson while in charge of Preston North End on April 22, 2016
Garry Monk: Simon Grayson sacking "mind-boggling"
Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk hits out at Sunderland's decision to sack Simon Grayson after just four months in charge.
Nov 1, 09:20
Simon Grayson manager of Preston North End looks on prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth round match between Nottingham Forest and Preston North End at City Ground on January 24, 2014
Sunderland sack Simon Grayson
Sunderland announce that Simon Grayson has been sacked as manager.
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