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  1. Manager Grayson departs Sunderland after 3-3 draw with Bolton
  2. Boly & Bonatini put Wolves top of Championship
  3. Cardiff move second with 3-1 win over Ipswich
  4. QPR beat Sheff Utd with early Sylla goal
  5. Reid & Smith give Bristol City 2-0 victory at Fulham

Live Reporting

By Gary Smee, Matt Newsum and Felix Keith

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for now

    Simon Grayson

    That's where we're going to leave this evening's Championship live text.

    You can keep across any further developments at Sunderland on the BBC Sport website as the night unfolds.

    It's been a busy few hours. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have.

    We'll be back tomorrow with live text commentary on Birmingham v Brentford and Preston v Aston Villa.

    Sleep well!

  2. 'There is no positivity'

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Phil Neville

    Former England & Man Utd defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    All the previous managers have got vast experience and they have all had the same problems.

    It needs somebody to go in there, grab those young players, be a little bit aggressive and give them something.

    The place needs lifting. There is no positivity. I think it is an attractive proposition.

  3. 'I fear for Sunderland'

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Charlie Adam

    Stoke City midfielder on BBC Radio 5 Live

    The players on the bench are the players who have played in the Premier League and they can't get in the team.

    I have played against a lot of these players and the confidence is low. Who is going to pick Sunderland up?

    I fear for the club.

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    Cyprian Kimathi: He deserved to go. Lucky owners were patient. Should have gone early like Frank de Boer. Another relegation a reality though.

  5. Grayson departs Sunderland

    Here's how Simon Grayson's final match in charge of the Black Cats unfolded...

    Sunderland 3-3 Bolton Wanderers

    Simon Grayson

    Sunderland draw with fellow strugglers Bolton in what proves to be Simon Grayson's final match as Black Cats boss.

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  6. Can it get any lower?

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Phil Neville

    Former England & Man Utd defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    I wonder whether it can get any lower than it is at the moment. The training ground is as good as any Premier League club though.

    Historically, they have one of the best clubs so I don't think it's as bad a job as people are making out.

  7. Championship round-up

    Sheffield United

    Away from the Stadium of Light for a moment, here's a quick summary of what else went on in the second tier this evening...

    • Boly and Bonatini send Wolves to the top of the Championship
    • Cardiff go second with 3-1 win over Ipswich
    • Sheff Utd drop from first to third after 1-0 loss at QPR
    • Bristol City close in on top two with victory at Fulham
    • Derby move up to fifth with 2-1 win at Leeds
    • Burton drop to 23rd with 4-2 home defeat by Barnsley
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    Phil: Sunderland were definitely right to let him go, we had to change something. Give Kevin Ball a chance!

  9. Sunderland part company with Grayson

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    The draw with bottom side Bolton means Sunderland still have not won at home since December 2016.

    You can read more on this breaking story by clicking here.

    Simon Grayson
  10. Get Involved

    Were Sunderland right to part company with Simon Grayson? #bbcefl

    The former Preston boss won just three of his 18 games in charge after taking over in June.

    What now Sunderland fans?

    You're looking for your ninth manager in just six years. Was the club right to let Grayson go?

    Get in touch using #bbcefl

  11. Sunderland part company with Grayson

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Assistant manager Glynn Snodin has also departed the Stadium of Light.

    The 3-3 draw against Bolton this evening left the Black Cats with just one Championship win in 15 games.

  12. Sunderland part company with Grayson

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Here is the statement from Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain:

    “Simon and his team have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the football club during their time here.

    “While we hoped that Simon’s experience in the Football League would help us to a successful season, results have not been good enough for a club of this stature.

    “In order for us to improve upon our current position we believe a fundamental change is necessary.”

    Simon Grayson
  13. BreakingSunderland part company with Grayson

    FT: Sunderland 3-3 Bolton

    Sunderland have just released a statement saying they have parted company with manager Simon Grayson.


    Reading 3-1 Nottingham Forest

    All done and dusted for the night at the Madejski Stadium.

    Reading pick up a first home league win since 15 August to ease the pressure on Jaap Stam a touch.

    John Swift's brace enough to help them on their way to three points while Forest fail to build on recent back-to-back wins.

  15. Wolves go top

    FT: Norwich 0-2 Wolves

    With a third of the season gone, can Wolves fans now start planning their trips to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge next season?

    They're top and looking good...

    Championship top six
  16. Post update

    We've had 35 goals in the Championship so far, with Reading against Nottingham Forest heading into the last few minutes.

    I think we all need a long lie down.


    QPR 1-0 Sheffield United

    Chris Wilder

    It's been a costly night for high-flying Sheffield United tonight, deposed at the top of the Championship thanks to an Idrissa Sylla goal that also forced goalkeeper Jamal Blackman to go off injured after an awkward fall.

    United are still well in the mix, but that is their fifth defeat of the season and they did not really test Rangers keeper Alex Smithies.

    However, QPR at home are excellent, that's their fifth win of the season at the Loft compared to no wins on their travels. Ian Holloway racks up his 116th win as QPR boss in what was his 300th game in charge. Congrats Ollie.


    Fulham 0-2 Bristol City

    An eighth league win of the season is wrapped for Bristol City thanks to goals from Bobby Reid and Korey Smith. They stay fourth after both Cardiff and Wolves also won.

    Lee Johnson's side have now won their last four consecutive away games at Craven Cottage and have stretched their unbeaten run away from home in the Championship to seven games.

    Fulham, who had Aboubakar Kamara sent off midway through the second half, have now gone 17 home games in a row without keeping a clean sheet.

  19. GOAL: Reading 3-1 Nottingham Forest

    Ben Osborn (86 mins)

    Consolation goal for Nottingham Forest late on at the Madejski Stadium.

    Ben Osborn slots one underneath Vito Mannone's body as he latches on to the end of Kieran Dowell's through ball.

    Probably won't affect the final outcome.


    Leeds 1-2 Derby

    Leeds' poor run continues, with Sam Winnall's double consigning Thomas Christiansen's side to a fifth defeat in their last six Championship games.

    Pierre-Michel Lasogga put them ahead in the eighth minute, but a contentious late penalty sent them to a loss.