Simon Grayson has said he is disappointed not to be continuing as Sunderland manager but hopes the club can return 'first class football' to supporters in the near future.
Grayson was sacked just minutes after Tuesday night's 3-3 draw with Bolton, having won just one of his fifteen Championship games.
In a statement released via the League Managers Association this morning, Grayson said: "I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the club and all the fans, players and staff at the club's training ground and Stadium of Light,
"Sunderland AFC is a huge football club and while I am disappointed not to be continuing as its manager, I hope that the club will stabilise and return the success and first-class football that the supporters and people of Sunderland deserve.
"I would like to wish everyone associated with Sunderland AFC all the very best for the future."