Sunderland have parted company with manager Steve Bruce after chairman Ellis Short described results this season as "simply not good enough."
Saturday's home defeat to Wigan left Sunderland 16th in the Barclays Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone.
Bruce had insisted he had no intention of walking away from the Stadium of Light, despite fans calling for his head at the weekend.
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