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Sunderland have sacked manager Mick McCarthy following Sunday's defeat to Manchester City.


The former Republic of Ireland boss was downhearted after seeing his side concede two early goals at The City of Manchester Stadium, although the bottom club battled back well before losing 2-1.


The Wearsiders have gained only ten points all season and are in great danger of beating their own record for the lowest-ever Premiership points tally. The latest defeat at the weekend leaves them 16 points away from safety and relegation seems a certainty.


Indeed, Sunderland have failed to obtain a home win all season in the league but they have picked up two victories on their travels.


McCarthy caused some consternation with chairman Bob Murray recently when appearing to indicate that he considered building a team capable of getting back into the top flight at the start of the season, although the Black Cats boss claimed his comments were misconstrued.


Sunderland were crowned Coca-Cola League champions last term but have seen Wigan Athletic and West Ham adapt far better to life at the highest level.


Murray will appoint a caretaker manager until the end of the season before appointing a permanent new boss in the summer.


Popular coach Kevin Ball will be among the favourites to take over the reins.


"I would like to thank Mick McCarthy for his efforts for the club and wish him and his family the best for the future," said Murray.

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Ridiculous idea, mainly due to the timing.


It's too late for any possible good results they get from the new/caretaker manager catalyst to make any difference, so they'll be wasted.


Then they'll probably get a new man at the end of this season, who'll twiddle his thumbs for the summer, as they don't seem to have any money to spend (?)


Should have stuck with him. See how they started next season, and make a decision then.

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I agree with most can't understand the timing of it.


Noone is going to want to come in and try to 'save' them as no chance of them staying up.


Mick got them up to the premiership I don't think they brought in expecting to stay up so won't have to sell loads to save money.


Should have either done it in December of waitied til the end of the season

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