Should Sunderland take a punt with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?

Solskjaer is a 25/1 outsider to land the Sunderland job. Photo: PA

After less than six months and 13 games in charge, Paolo Di Canio's controversial reign at Sunderland came to an end.

An alleged player revolt is thought to have sparked owner Ellis Short into axing the fiery Italian.

Sleek and stylish, Di Canio had confidently taken over from Martin O'Neill last season in absolute defiance that his side would not be relegated.

Following a spirited and narrow opening defeat to Chelsea, the early signs were positive. Then the big derby arrived. The 3-0 destruction of fierce rivals Newcastle catapulted Di Canio into atmospheric Wearside acclaim.

And, five games later, the Black Cats limped over the line to preserve their top flight status.

Despite constant media negativity regarding the club's chances this season, supporters remained positive that Di Canio's 14 new signings could prevent them from another relegation battle. Unfortunately, they were wrong.

After just one point in five games, the trip to West Brom was huge. A defeat threatened to make things nasty, and that's precisely what happened. The comfortable 3-0 win for the Baggies initiated a bizarre exchange between the fans and Di Canio on The Hawthorns turf.

The whirlwind combination of Di Canio and Sunderland would only go one way. Arrivederci Paolo!

Who Next?

Ellis Short should look no further than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The mild mannered Norwegian who currently manages Molde FK is considered one of Europe's finest young managers. A meticulous note taker and thinker, Solskjaer is a hands on type of coach who studies every aspect of his teams and opponents.

Another advantage is his familiarity with the English game. He could slot in straight away knowing what it takes to be successful in the Premier League after many trophy laden years with Man United.

The 'baby faced assassin' is no stranger to success as a manager, either. Previous to Solskjaer's arrival, Molde had never won the Norweigian Premier League. They've now won two titles in two years.

An advocate of attacking football and width, Sunderland's squad is set up for this brand of football with wingers like Adam Johnson, Emanuele Giaccherini and Charis Mavrias ready to flourish under the right man.

The Sunderland players need guidance and patience while they gel and settle in, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could prove the perfect choice to oversee this.

Other Candidates

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet are the two early favourites for the role, they are both available and would also fit into Sunderland's new continental approach. Former Stoke boss Tony Pulis is also being linked to the vacancy, but his unattractive brand of football makes him an unpopular choice with fans. Other names thought to be on the shortlist include Steve McClaren, Paul Ince and Gianfranco Zola.

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