Sunderland have announced that Darron Gibson has left the Championship club by mutual consent, confirmed by their club website.

The former Manchester United and Everton midfielder, 30, Darron Gibson has been suspended with immediate effect after he was charged with drink driving on 18 March. Gibson is due to appear in court on 17 April.

The Republic of Ireland international has not played since 1 January because of injury and his contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

Gibson made 30 appearances in all competitions for Sunderland following his move from Everton in January 2017.

A one-line statement posted on Sunderland’s website said “Following the conclusion of his recent suspension, Darron Gibson will leave Sunderland AFC by mutual consent.”

Although, the Black Cats had some positivity this weekend by defeating Derby County 4-1. Sunderland exploited defensive errors by Derby to win at Pride Park and move off the bottom of the Championship.

George Honeyman’s shot deflected in off Craig Forsyth for the opener, before Ashley Fletcher pounced on a loose Richard Keogh pass to make it 2-0. But Matej Vydra’s half-volleyed finish reduced the deficit before half-time.

Aiden McGeady’s penalty restored the two-goal lead after Forsyth fouled Lynden Gooch, and John O’Shea poked in a fourth after a goalmouth scramble. The veteran defender’s first club goal for more than four years helped Sunderland move within three points of safety with seven matches remaining.

It was only the second victory of 2018 for Chris Coleman’s side, a result which ended a winless run of 10 games and took them above Burton, who lost to Cardiff earlier on Friday.

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