Controversial Italian Paolo di Canio has been sacked as Sunderland boss.
We may have all seen it coming, but did it happen earlier than we expected?
Sunderland have parted company with manager Paolo di Canio after just five Premier League games.
The Black Cats are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table with just one point, and just three goals scored all season.
The final straw was the 3-0 away loss to West Brom, a rout started by Stephane Sessegnon - a player who he sold on deadline day.
Sunderland signed 14 players during the summer transfer window at a cost of more than £20 million.
A statement on the club's website read:
"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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