Five potential replacements for Di Canio at Sunderland

We highlight five managers who might just be lined up to replace Paulo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light, including former Chelsea and Manchester United men.

So, unsurprisingly Paolo Di Canio has been sacked as Sunderland manager after an abysmal start to the season that sees the club bottom of the Premier League with just one point.

The final straw seemed to be the defeat to West Brom this weekend - where Stephane Sessegnon earned retribution on his former employers, opening the scoring.

and Di Canio's circus like performance at the end of the game, going over to his own fans to 'apologise' was just unnecessary negative publicity.

So with Di Canio gone, who should replace him?

Here are five potential replacements ...

Roberto Di Matteo

Replace one Italian with another Italian? It doesn’t seem like a bad idea, and considering this Italian has a much better record than Di Canio it might just be a better appointment.

Impressive spells in charge of Mk Dons, West Brom and of course Chelsea, where he won a little competition called the Champions League - you might have heard of it.

He performed wonders with a disillusioned Chelsea squad, so who is to say he couldn’t do the same with this rabble put together by Di Canio?

Di Matteo is currently the bookies favourite for the role.

Gus Poyet

When Brighton and Hove Albion sacked Poyet after a couple of perhaps misguided comments in the press it was perhaps a hasty decision.

He had The Seagulls playing some marvelous football last season, leading them into the Championship play-offs last term.

He would need time however to implement his philosophy, time that The Black Cats may not have.

Tony Pulis

OK, I know this won’t be a popular decision for anybody who would like to see the club playing quality football - but Pulis does know how to keep a team in the Premier League - and with players such as Adam Johnson, Seb Larsson and Jozy Altidore suited to the way he might operate, his appointment is not such a ridiculous notion.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

The former Manchester United player has long been linked with a move into Premiership management - after performing wonders with Molde FK in his Norwegian homeland.

However with many of their major players being moved on recently Molde have had a difficult campaign and Solskjaer may be interested in finally making the switch back to the UK.

Steve McClaren

Again, the former England boss may not be a popular choice.

But despite the blips at VfL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and with England he had great success in the North East with Middlesbrough and with FC Twente so don’t discount him yet.

But surely there are better options.

Other options include Ralf Rangnick, Frank de Boer, Neil Lennon, Stuart Pearce, Eddie Howe and Malky Mackay … but who do you think should get the job?

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