Sunderland have sacked director of football Roberto De Fanti with immediate effect.
The Italian became director of football in June 2013 when former manager Paolo Di Canio was in charge of the club.
In the summer Sunderland signed 14 players spending around £19million which included the likes of Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini, USA international Jozy Altidore and goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
These signings weren't instant successes which led to Sunderland claiming just one point from their opening eight games resulting in Di Canio getting sacked.
Di Canio was replaced by Gus Poyet, who has since managed to get Sunderland to 19th in the Premier League and just one point from safety.
De Fanti was also responsible in selling two of the club's best players in goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool and midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to West Bromwich Albion.
A club statement read: "Sunderland AFC has announced that the club has parted company with director of football Roberto De Fanti.
"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Roberto and wishes him well for the future."
With De Fanti having left the club Poyet will have a bigger say on who is brought in and out of the football club in the January transfer window.
The Uruguayan seems to have already began by sending South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won out on loan to German club Augsburg for the rest of the season.
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