Saturday 21 July 2018

Grayson sacked after Sunderland struggle

Sunderland's John O'Shea. Photo: PA
Sunderland's John O'Shea. Photo: PA

Sunderland sacked Simon Grayson in the minutes after last night's 3-3 draw with Bolton which kept the Black Cats in the Championship relegation zone.

Grayson took the job after leaving Preston this summer but he has been under serious pressure and an eventful six-goal draw with the division's bottom side was the final straw.

He named four Irishmen - John O'Shea, Aiden McGeady, Marc Wilson and Darron Gibson - in his final team but they allowed a 2-1 lead turn into a 3-2 deficit before a late equaliser from Paddy McNair earned a point but no reprieve.

Matt Doherty's Wolves are top of the division following a win away to Norwich who did not use Wes Hoolahan.

Cyrus Christie played his part with an assist as Middlesbrough did enough to prevail away to Hull City and move back into seventh spot. Darren Randolph conceded in the second half but David Meyler's Hull ended up on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline.

Callum O'Dowda is rated highly by Martin O'Neill and has played his way into favour at Bristol City and he provided an assist in his team's 2-0 win at Fulham.

Meanwhile, Andy Boyle is in line for his first league start of the season when Preston host Aston Villa tonight.

Alex Neil has not been convinced by the Dubliner - who was brought to the club and picked regularly by Grayson - but a defensive crisis has put him in the mix. Ex-Cork City left full Kevin O'Connor is also in the equation.

Irish Independent

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