Ball in charge for United clash

by Kate Smith

Ball in dug-out for reigning champions' visit.

Interim head coach Kevin Ball will take charge of Sunderland at the weekend as the Black Cats take on reigning champions Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Speaking in Sunday’s match programme about the search for Paolo Di Canio’s successor, chief executive Margaret Byrne said: "Clearly as a matter of priority, our efforts are presently focused on appointing a new Head Coach.

"As you would expect with a position of this magnitude, there has been a lot of interest, however, there is no definitive timescale on an appointment, as we are carefully examining all of the options available to us.

“I am sure that you have read and heard all kinds of rumours and speculation about potential targets but much of this is guesswork. We have had contact with some interested parties already and have others to speak to in the coming days.

"As soon as we have identified the right person to take the club forward we will make an announcement.”