Sunderland yet to draw up new manager shortlist

Sunderland have yet to make a shortlist of possible candidates to replace Paolo Di Canio as manager, according to Sky Sports, after the Italian was sacked late on Sunday evening.

Black Cats owner Ellis Short took the decision to relieve Di Canio of his duties after just five months in charge following a poor start the season, leaving the club bottom of the Premier League with just one point from five games, with the latest defeat coming at West Bromwich Albion, after which Di Canio confronted supporters who were voicing their discontent.

Fellow Italian and former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has been mentioned as a probable replacement, with the likes of Gustavo Poyet, sacked by Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer, and Tony Pulis also linked with the vacancy, but Sky Sports claim that a shortlist has not been drawn up.

Reporter Keith Downie told Sky Sports News: “There had been a news conference scheduled for 1.15 this afternoon ahead of that game but that has been cancelled, so we won’t hear from anyone at the club ahead of tomorrow’s match.

On Tuesday, Kevin Ball will take charge of Sunderland’s Capital One Cup tie with Peterborough United, while they will hope to appoint a successor before challenging Premier League encounters at home to Liverpool and Manchester United, with Short looking for the club’s fourth manager in less than two years.

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