Kevin Ball wants Sunderland job

Caretaker Manager Kevin Ball.
Caretaker Manager Kevin Ball.

KEVIN Ball wants to succeed Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light.

The Under 21 Development squad coach – promoted to the position of interim head coach after the Italian’s dismissal at the weekend – made the perfect start in his role last night when he steered Sunderland to Capital One Cup victory over Peterborough.

And he admitted afterwards that rather than being a quick fix, he wants to be considered among the candidates for Di Canio’s long-term successor.

He said: “Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for the job and I’m no different from anyone else.

“With what I’ve done as a coach and a player, and with the coaching qualifications I’ve got over the years, I’d like to be considered.

“But ultimately it’s the club’s decision and whatever is to happen, I’ll go with the club’s decision - whether it’s me or somebody else.

“And if it is somebody else, then they will have my full support.”

Last night was the 11th time Ball had commanded Sunderland Football Club from the dug-out, having been caretaker manager for 10 games after Mick McCarthy was sacked in the 2005-06 campaign.

And it looks as though he might match Paolo Di Canio’s record of 13 games in charge by the time the club decides who is too succeed the Italian.

Owner Ellis Short and the Sunderland board are still at the start of drawing up a potential shortlist of candidates and Ball is likely to be in charge for the game against Liverpool this weekend and possibly the visit of Manchester United next week.

Ball revealed: “I will be in charge for the remainder of the week.

“I’ve been told that I’ll be in charge on Sunday and then the situation will be reviewed but if something happens before the weekend then so be it.”