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Di Matteo, Poyet, Zola, Pullis in frame for Sunderland job

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

Here's all the latest Sunderland update, featuring Paolo Di Canio, Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon

Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been made favourite to take over the managerial position at Sunderland after the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.

Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet and current Watford boss Gianfranco Zola, also ex-Chelsea players are also in the frame to succeed Di Canio.

Boylesports has installed Di Matteo as the Even money favourite to take over at the Stadium of Light.

Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis is currently at 5/1 having attracted support whilst former England manager, Steve McClaren, is priced at 22/1.

Poyet, who left Brighton, but proved popular with supporters whilst with the Seagulls, is priced at 9/2 second favourite, whilst Alex McLeish is on offer at 7/1.

Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports said 'We have seen a steady flow of cash for Roberto Di Matteo to take over at Sunderland and if the demand continues in the next few hours, we will have to shorten the current odds of Evens'.

He added 'Tony Pulis has already attracted some support having being backed from 13/2 into 5/1 to take over the position'.

Whoever takes over will have a big job on their hands to turn the Black Cats fortunes around. They sit bottom of the table with only one point to their name.

The Newsguardian reports that Sunderland were dealt another blow with news that striker Steven Fletcher could be out for months rather than weeks after dislocating his shoulder in the loss to West Brom on Saturday.

Fletcher's injuries increases the pressure on Jozy Altidore to score goals this season, he will be expected to carry the team in the final third.

Finally, The Sunderland Echo reports that former midfielder Stephane Sessegnon did not want to leave the club despite Paolo Di Canio questioning his commitment to the team.

Sessegnon piled on the misery in Di Canio’s last game as manager by scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win for the Baggies.

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