Former Scotland star Alan Rough believes that given the no-nonsense approach taken by clubs down south, it was not unusual for Sunderland to part ways with Michael Beale after just 12 games in charge.


Beale was appointed successor to Tony Mowbray, who was sacked by the Black Cats in December last year.


During his brief stint at the Stadium of Light, the 43-year-old managed to win just four games, losing six; statistics that were not deemed adequate by the Sunderland board.




Rough believes that given the ruthless nature of football down south in England, it was not something unusual for the Championship club to part ways with the manager after just 12 games.


You know the money that is up for grabs down there”, Rough said on PLZ Soccer.



“It was just not happening for them, but I think episodes on the park and off the park have not been going particularly well.


“So, I think they obviously decided they needed a new manager.



“They do not mess about down there.


“If they decide you are not the guy then you are not the guy and you are out.


“Unfortunately for him, he is out.”


Sunderland are set to have caretaker boss Mike Dodds in charge of the team until the end of the season with a decision on Beale’s permanent successor to be taken in the summer.


They still have a chance of making it to the playoffs with just four points separating them from a spot in the top six.