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Sunderland have announced that manager Paolo Di Canio has been sacked. Roberto Di Matteo remains favorite to take over, with former Brighton boss Gus Poyet also in the running. A poor start to the season by the Black Cats, who lost 3-0 to West Brom on Saturday, has resulted sacking of the Italian coach.


"Sunderland confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio. Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday 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."

Favorite for the Sunderland job, Roberto Di Matteo’s last job was at Chelsea, where he won the Champions League in 2012 but was sacked shortly after because of a slow start to the Premier League season. Di Canio  provided the club with an energy that kept them from being relegated to the Championship last season. Since taking over for Martin O’Neill, Di Canio failed to make happy Sunderland fans. The 45-year-old coach had won two of 13 matches since being appointed in March and Sunderland have one point from five games this season. In 2012/13 season, Sunderland finished 17th. They bought 14 players (Daily Mail) :


Modibo Diakite (Lazio, free), Duncan Watmore (Altrincham, undisclosed), Valentin Roberge (Maritimo, free), Cabral (Basle, free), David Moberg Karlsson (IFK Gothenburg, free), Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £2m), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, £6m), El Hadji Ba (Le Havre, undisclosed), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus, £8.6m), Ondrej Celustka (Trabzonspor, season-long loan), Charis Mavrias (Panathinaikos, £2.5m), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, season-long loan), Fabio Borini (Liverpool, season-long loan), Andrea Dossena (Napoli, season-long loan).  But didn’t help them to make better result and play better football.