We have reached that time of year when teams start to panic after a sluggish start to the season and, with Sunderland eight points adrift in the League One title race already, Ross paid with his job on Tuesday afternoon.
The Scot lost just 10 of his 75 games at the helm but some stodgy football and far too many draws, not to mention two Wembley defeats in the space of just a few weeks, meant owner Stewart Donald felt he had no choice but to pull the trigger.
With a 49,000 seater stadium and the sort of budget seldom seen in the third tier, Sunderland should still be an attractive job for many coaches despite their dramatic fall in recent years. But that doesn’t mean Rowett will be heading to the Stadium of Light any time soon.
Sky claims that the former Birmingham City, Derby County, Burton Albion and Stoke boss could be offered the Millwall job instead.
The Lions are considering handing club legend Tim Cahill his first ever managerial role after bidding farewell to another Den hero in Harris, though the experienced Rowett would arguably be a much safer option.
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