Dick Advocaat has quit his job as Sunderland’s manager having failed to hit the right note with the Black Cats this season.
The Dutch coach initially looked will have some breathing space in his last outing but he saw his side blow a two-goal lead against West Ham on Saturday and draw 2-2 at the Stadium of Light.
Before the game, the former Rangers manager had been tipped to leave following a poor start to the season which had left Sunderland in the relegation zone.
Now his departure has been confirmed by the club, with the 68-year-old saying he wanted to give whoever takes over the best chance possible to get the team out of trouble.
Advocaat told safc.com: “I want to thank everyone who has stood behind me. This is a very special football club, with so many great people, but I feel it is the right time to do this – not for me, but for the club.
“I have made the decision to go after only eight games as I felt it was important to give everyone time turn things around – like we did last year.
“I am thankful to the chairman for understanding my feelings and I remain on good terms with everyone at the club.
“I wish Ellis (Short), Lee (Congerton), all of the staff, players and of course the supporters, who made me feel so welcome here, the very best of luck for the rest of the season.
“I have some wonderful memories to take with me and I hope I will return to see everybody again in the future.”
Reports claim that Advocaat has as already caught a flight to Holland even as Sunderland the search for a replacement for the Dutch Coach.