Sunderland may have sacked Jack Ross, but they don’t have anyone lined up to replace him, as reported by The Sunderland Echo.
Stewart Donald has been quoted as saying: “This is the reality of it: Jack has left the football club because I’ve made the judgement call that promotion this season has the best chance this season, potentially, with someone else.
“I’m gutted to say that and I’m sure Jack will come back from this stronger. Nothing has been pre-done, it hasn’t been done because of news on a takeover, we’re now starting fresh and we’ve got to find our new man and we’ve got to get it right.”
While there is no concrete interest in one specific man, Daniel Stendel has emerged as an early option for the job, having got Barnsley promoted, with Donald admitting he could be someone the club looks at.
Ross came in following Sunderland’s second consecutive relegation and managed to stabilise the club, losing out in the play-offs to a 94th-minute goal from Patrick Bauer, as per Transfermarkt.
However, just having the club stabilised is no longer deemed enough, as indicated by Donald’s aforementioned comments, meaning that having the club sitting sixth in the League One table, having lost twice and failed to keep a single league clean sheet was not good enough.
Ross had lost the backing of many fans, as was indicated by the response he got following the Black Cats’ 2-0 loss against Lincoln City, the game that would prove to be his last as Sunderland manager.
The fact this decision has been made without a replacement being lined up indicates how much the Sunderland bosses felt Ross was underperforming.
Sunderland will need to move quickly to appoint someone, though the postponement of the Fleetwood Town match will give extra time for the new man to begin implementing their ideas once appointed.
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