Paolo Di Canio's 13-match reign as Sunderland manager is over after the Italian and the club parted company. The 45-year-old's departure was confirmed by the Black Cats on Sunday, a little more than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom left them rooted to the foot of the English Premier League table.
"Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening," a statement said.
"[Reserve team coach] Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United," the statement continued. "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."
The Italian oversaw an extensive summer spending spree, bringing in USA forward Jozy Altidore and Italian winger Emanuele Giaccherini but the club have acted after losing four of the opening five games of the Premier League campaign.