Sunderland sack Di Canio

Sunderland AFC confirmed it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio. Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United, the club said.

Football pundits' mixed reactions to Di Canio's exit

Football pundits had mixed reactions on Twitter to head coach Paolo Di Canio's exit from Sunderland AFC:

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Di Canio signed 14 players, brought in an entire back-room staff, and now he's gone. Football madness. Match that Downton!

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Di Canio sacked. Not sure what to make of that. He saved Sunderland last season but they have been awful so far this season.

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Suprised about di canio? Not me,not just about the results, treatment of players big factor also

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Sunderland's statement on Di Canio's exit

Sunderland AFC has confirmed it has "parted company" with head coach Paolo Di Canio.

The club said in a statement:

Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.

Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s 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.

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