Di Canio’s turbulent spell at Sunderland is brought to a close by West Brom defeat

Kevin Ball to lead team in the short term

Paolo Di Canio has been sacked by Sunderland after  winning two of his 12 matches since being appointed manager in March.

Paolo Di Canio has been sacked by Sunderland after winning two of his 12 matches since being appointed manager in March.

 

Paolo Di Canio’s turbulent time as Sunderland manager is over after the Italian and the club parted company.

The 45-year-old’s departure was confirmed by the club on Sunday, a little more than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom left them rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.

A statement said: “Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.”

Former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball, who is on the club’s coaching staff, steps in to lead the team in the short term.

Di Canio proved a controversial appointment as critics cited his alleged fascist sympathies, prompting the club to defend their new manager.

A 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in his first game last season was followed by a famous 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle.

A 1-0 home win over Everton next time out was followed by a 6-1 hammering at struggling Aston Villa.

Sunderland eventually avoided relegation and secured top-flight status, if only just, by finishing in 17th place.