The editor of the Sunderland Echo is facing redundancy after just 20 months in the job, reports claim.

John Szymanski took over in February 2013 after 11 years as editor of sister title, the Shields Gazette.

John Szymanski

John Szymanski

Since then Joy Yates, who replaced him as Gazette editor, has become group editor with responsibility for all three Johnston Press daily titles in the North East.

According to Hold the Front Page, Szymanski’s role is at risk of redundancy.

Johnston Press, which has yet to confirm the story, revealed in its interim statement last week that it “will implement further efficiency and restructuring initiatives” in the final quarter of the year.