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Sunday 22 September 2013

Sunderland part company with Paolo Di Canio

Head coach leaves with club bottom of Barclays Premier League with a point from five matches

Di Canio overseeing the 3-0 defeat by West Brom, his final match at Sunderland

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, was brought in last season at the end of March after a run of three points from eight matches sent Sunderland towards the relegation zone. Under the Italian, Sunderland won two of his first three matches, including a 3-0 victory over Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby and it was enough to secure their Barclays Premier League status.

But after bringing in 13 players over the summer Di Canio watched his team open the season with a home defeat by Fulham and draw away to Southampton before losing to Crystal Palace, Arsenal and West Brom.

In a statement on their website,, 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.'

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Key Points

  • Sunderland announce that they have parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio
  • Di Canio leaves with his side bottom of the Barclays Premier League with one point from five matches
  • Italian was hired in March to save the club from threat of relegation