Ball keen to replace Di Canio full time

Kevin Ball has asked to be considered as a candidate to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager.

"Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it. 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.

But 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."

– CARETAKER SUNDERLAND MANAGER KEVIN BALL

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Di Canio denies bust-up

Former Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has released a statement denying reports of a training ground "bust-up" and saying his time at the club was "unfairly cut short".