Sunderland and Phil Parkinson have parted company, the club have announced.
Parkinson, who replaced Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light 13 months ago, departs following Friday night’s 1-1 draw at Fleetwood, with Sunderland having failed to win any of their last five games.
However, the Mackems were just five points off the promotion places in League One.
A club statement confirmed: “The 52-year-old was appointed in October 2019, overseeing a total of 47 matches during his 13 months at the Stadium of Light.
“Assistant manager Steve Parkin also departs, and the club would like to place on record its thanks to both Phil and Steve for their efforts during their time at SAFC.
“Preparations for Tuesday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Burton Albion will resume on Monday, with first-team coach Andrew Taylor taking charge of the squad.
“The board will now begin the search for a new manager and will make no further comment until this process is completed.”
Parkinson becomes the fourth permanent manager to be sacked by Sunderland since their Premier League exit in 2017.
Having been tasked with taking the side back into the Championship last October, he departs having won just 11 of 31 league games.
He is the latest manager to experience a short tenure at the Stadium of Light.
There have been 10 permanent managers since Steve Bruce became the last man to stay in charge for more than two years between June 2009 and November 2011.
Owner Stewart Donald has been trying to sell Sunderland for some time but the club has declined to comment on reports that a deal is close to being completed.
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