Sunderland have sacked manager Chris Coleman following the north east side's relegation to League One ahead of the club's takeover, the club confirmed on Sunday afternoon.
The 47-year-old, hired in November last year following the dismissal of Simon Grayson, watched on from the dugout as a 2-1 home defeat to Burton Albion last weekend confirmed the Black Cats' second successive demotion.
Sunderland pre-Coleman this season: 0.625 points per game— Chris Deeley (@ThatChris1209) April 29, 2018
Sunderland with Coleman this season: 0.83 points per game.
But you tried. https://t.co/lvFnQd93nD
"Sunderland AFC announces that manager Chris Coleman and his assistant Kit Symons have been released from their contracts," a statement read on the club's official website.
"The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Chris and Kit for their tireless efforts in what has been a hugely disappointing season for everyone involved with the club.
Defeat at Fulham means that Sunderland will finish bottom of this season's @SkyBetChamp.— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 27, 2018
They are the first side to finish bottom of England's top two divisions in successive seasons since Wolves in 1983-84 and 1984-85. pic.twitter.com/V2ZvTjF3u7
Following the announcement, owner Ellis Short went on to confirm that the decision to part company with Coleman was due to the ownership of the club changing hands - with a consortium led by Eastleigh FC chairman Stewart Donald set to take the reigns.
"It is no secret that I have been trying to sell Sunderland, but I have waited until the right group came along that have the experience, finances and plan to take this great club back to where it deserves to be", the American business tycoon's statement read. "
CLUB STATEMENT: Sunderland AFC to change ownership pic.twitter.com/REy00JBFsl— Sunderland AFC ⚪ (@SunderlandAFC) April 29, 2018
“To achieve this, higher offers from less qualified buyers were rejected and I have paid off all the debts owed by the club to leave it financially strong and debt free.”