After six months and 13 games Paolo Di Canio’s entertaining and often controversial reign in charge of Sunderland came to an end on Monday.
Di Canio succeeded Martin O’Neill at the Stadium of Light in March and only just steered the club away from relegation last term.
But following a host of touch line antics – eccentric press conference – and more importantly a 3-0 defeat by West Brom on Saturday which left them bottom of the table with one point from their first five matches this season the Black Cats fired their 45-year-old Italian coach.
Kevin Ball will take temporary charge of the team but Di Canio’s sacking has left the club looking for a sixth permanent manager in less than five years.
Initial rumours suggest ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is an early front runner to fill the vacancy.
Sunderland’s next game is on Tuesday when they host Peterborough United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.