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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunderland sack manager Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce became the first English Premier League manager to be sacked this season when Sunderland fired the former Manchester United player.

"Sadly results this season have simply not been good enough and I feel the time is right to make a change," chairman Ellis Short said on the (club's website).

Bruce, 50, joined Sunderland from Wigan Athletic in 2009 and guided Sunderland to 13th in his first season in charge and improved on that with a 10th-placed finish in 2010-11.

But this season has not started well and Bruce leaves with the north-east club languishing two points above the drop zone.

Assistant manager Eric Black would take charge of the first team duties as the club searches for a new manager. Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill and ex-Fulham manager Mark Hughes are the early favourites with bookmakers.

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