Ross left Sunderland yesterday, after the club decided to part company with him.
The Scottish boss failed to get Sunderland out of League One last term, and their slow start to the current campaign saw him come under a lot of pressure.
The Black Cats tried to give him time to turn things around, but Sunderland’s 2-0 loss to Lincoln City at the weekend ultimately proved the final straw.
In Ross’s absence, assistant manager Fowler was left in charge at Sunderland for their EFL Cup clash with Grimsby Town last night.
And Fowler claims that Ross was nothing but encouraging to him after they spoke following his sacking.
“It’s not nice. I have been in that position myself. It’s been tough," Fowler admitted. "Professional in what we did. We found out at three this afternoon, when he came into see us. He said make sure the lads put in a performance. I didn’t expect anything else.
“I am really gutted for him.”
Sunderland went out and won 3-2 against Grimsby Town yesterday evening, as they claimed the three points.
Sunderland are now searching for a new boss to take them forward, with a number of names already linked to the post.
The Black Cats currently sit in sixth place in the League One table.
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