Following a humiliating 6-0 loss to Bolton Wanderers, promotion chasers Sunderland decided to part ways with now-former manager Lee Johnson after just over a year. The Black Cats are yet to appoint Johnson’s successor, and although several names are continuously linked to the position, one name that seems ever-present in the discussion is Manchester United legend, Roy Keane.
In all truth, Johnson's sacking seems somewhat unfair and certainly abrupt, as by all accounts, Sunderland were, and still are, enjoying a decent season. However, following a 2-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town in League One, the club now trail Rotherham United by 11 points and second-placed Wigan Athletic by two, but the Latics have an almighty four games in hand and will likely increase the two-point deficit.
Now, a fifth consecutive season in England's third tier looks likely unless drastic changes come for Sunderland.