Championship-bound Sunderland will begin the hunt for a new manager after announcing on Monday that David Moyes has resigned from the post.
The news comes 24 hours after the Black Cats limped out of the Premier League with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of newly-crowned champions Chelsea on the final day of the season.
Moyes arrived on Wearside in July 2016 to replace Sam Allardyce, who had been appointed England's new manager. It was the Scot's first job on English soil since being sacked by Manchester United in April 2014.
But it was not the return Moyes had envisioned, with his side spending just two weeks outside the bottom-three at the start of the campaign as they battled against relegation for the next nine months, losing 26 of their 38 league games.
The 54-year-old had initially expressed a desire to remain at the helm, but club owner Ellis Short broke the news after their meeting in London on Monday.
David Moyes has resigned from his position as manager of #SAFC
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A statement from Short on the club's official website read: "I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.
"Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.
"In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign. We wish David well in the future."
Moyes added: "I would like to thank Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club.
"I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League."