Monday 23 September 2013
Sunderland announced on Sunday evening that they had parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio.
The decision came after the 3-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion the day before had left Sunderland bottom of the Barclays Premier League after five matches with only one point.
Di Canio, 45, helped Sunderland avoid relegation last season after coming to the club in March.
In a statement on their website, www.safc.com, Sunderland added: 'Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night's Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor.
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future.'