Ball wants to be considered for Sunderland post

Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball wants to be considered for the position on a full-time basis, Sky Sports has reported, after the temporary replacement for Paolo Di Canio led the Black Cats to a Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough.

Ball was appointed after Di Canio was sacked on Sunday following a players’ revolt and feels he has the credentials to be in the running for a job he claims will attract a high calibre of contender. “Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it,” Ball said.

In the sense of what I have done as a coach or a player and not only that, my qualifications I have gone out and got as a coach, I would like to be considered,” he added. Ball spent nine years as a Sunderland player between 1990 and 1999, making more than 300 appearances having moved to Wearside from Portsmouth.

He left for Fulham and also had a spell at Burnley before retiring and returning to Sunderland as a coach, taking caretaker charge of the team in 2006 following the sacking of Mick McCarthy.

Sunderland owner Ellis Short is said to have drawn up a shortlist of names, with the likes of Gus Poyet and Roberto Di Matteo prominent, and Ball insists that if he does not get the job, he will give full backing to whoever the new man is. “Ultimately, that’s the club’s decision and I would go with that, whether it was me or someone else, they would have my full support.

Goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Valentin Roberge gave Sunderland the win over the Posh, the former opening the scoring just after the half-hour mark and the latter sealing the win with around 15 minutes to play.

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