Bolton Wanderers boss says Simon Grayson won't be out of work for long after Sunderland sacking

Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
Sunderland boss Simon Grayson.
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Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson believes Simon Grayson won't be out of work for long after Sunderland axed him within minutes of the 3-3 draw.

Sunderland have managed only one win this season and are third-bottom in the Championship, forcing the heirarchy into making a change.

Grayson was sacked within minutes of the final whistle at the Stadium of Light following the draw with Bolton, the point on the back of the defeat to Bristol City not enough for him to keep his job.

Parkinson said: "I feel for Simon, he is a tremendous manager with a great record if you look through his career.

"Anybody who came into this club was going to find it a tough challenge to turn it around, I have had it at Bolton last season.

"Changing the mentality around is difficult, he has obviously found it tough but will be back in management sooner rather than later.

"There will be a lot of people who will want him on board, for sure.

"I just shook hands with him at the end. We normally go for a drink with the opposition manager but we will get on the coach and I will give him a call later in the week."

No players from Sunderland spoke to the media post-match, just a statement read out by the club's media officer to confirm Grayson's departure.

On the game itself, Parkinson added: "First 10 minutes I thought they started well but then we worked our way back into the match and got a deserved lead.

"The goal just before half-time sent us into the dressing room flat and gave them a huge lift, it was difficult to change that mood and it did knock us.

"Sunderland started brightly. I have to say we showed tremendous character to go back into the game at 2-1 down and get it to 3-2.

"We should have got all three points but weren't able to.

"Our attacking players looked dangerous and Sammy Ameobi and Gary Madine have got goals again."