Sunderland sacked manager Jack Ross this afternoon.

Sunderland are searching for a new manager after today deciding to sack manager Jack Ross, with the club sitting sixth in League One.

The Black Cats missed out on promotion to the Championship last season by losing the League One play-off final to Charlton Athletic, and Ross was expected to really push for automatic promotion this term.

That hasn’t really materialised so far. Sunderland have won five of their 11 games, but their inability to turn draws into wins continues to cripple them.

The Scot has paid the price now, and whilst Sunderland are looking for a replacement, Ross will be weighing up opportunities to get back into the game.

Ross, 43, is far from finished as a manager, and a return to Scotland may be possible, especially with three managers under real pressure in the Scottish Premiership.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has lost many fans with a poor start to the season, whilst over in Edinburgh, Hearts and Hibernian could be looking at managers with both Craig Levein and Paul Heckingbottom under real pressure.

Ross becoming available may just pique the interest of all three clubs, especially as Ross has worked at Hearts in the past, and fans on Twitter are predicting interest from all three.

Some fans ‘almost guarantee’ that the trio will be looking at Ross with intent, feeling that Aberdeen in particular could really improve by replacing McInnes (above) with Ross.

In other news, Report: Club in talks with agent of Newcastle United player