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Sunderland sack head coach Lee Johnson following 6-0 defeat by Bolton in League One

Lee Johnson, who arrived at Sunderland in December 2020, leaves along with assistant Jamie McAllister following Saturday's heavy defeat. It leaves the Black Cats third in League One, but with just one win in five games; Sunderland say they have begun their search for a replacement

Image: Lee Johnson has been sacked as Sunderland head coach

Sunderland have sacked their head coach Lee Johnson in the wake of the 6-0 defeat by Bolton in League One.

The Black Cats are third in Sky Bet League One and just two points behind leaders Rotherham, but owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus acted quickly following Saturday's demoralising result.

Assistant head coach Jamie McAllister has also departed the Stadium of Light.

Louis-Dreyfus said: "I would like to thank Lee for his commitment and endeavour over the past 14 months.

"We regret that we have had to take this decision, but felt immediate change was needed. We firmly believe that this is in the best interests of Sunderland AFC as we strive to earn promotion this season.

"Lee and Jamie will always be welcome at the Stadium of Light and they depart with our best wishes."

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Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Bolton and Sunderland

Johnson took charge of Sunderland in December 2020 and won 41 of his 75 games in charge, most notably the Papa John's Trophy final against Tranmere at Wembley in March 2021.

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In a statement on their website, Sunderland said the process to appoint a new manager would start immediately and that the interim coaching set-up would be announced shortly.

Under Johnson, Sunderland won 41 of their 75 games, one of which saw the team defeat Tranmere to lift the EFL trophy and claim their first victory at Wembley since 1973.

Sunderland's next game is at home to Doncaster on Saturday.

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