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With Gus Poyet now Sunderland's head coach, we take a look at the two other new coaching arrivals.
Gus Poyet might be an impressive up-and-coming young coach, but we should be careful not to get too carried away in the excitement of yet another new managerial appointment...
We're offering up two varied views on Gustavo Poyet today, and we start with the more positive look at what he will bring to the table...
We try to get to know Gus Poyet a little better through the medium of assorted quotations.
With Gus Poyet taking over the vacant Sunderland manager's post, we thought it best to get the lowdown on what the Uruguayan could offer to the Black Cats.
With the appointment of Gus Poyet as our new manager, are you happy enough with that?
Mauricio Taricco & Charlie Oatway have linked up with Gus Poyet at Sunderland, just as they did at Brighton.
Uruguayan signed 2-year deal to become the new man in charge at the Stadium of Light.
According to Sky Sports' ever-reliable sources, our next manager will be announced in the next 24 hours, and it's Gustavo Poyet.
According to several credible reports, including CNN's John Sinnott, Dutch manager Fred Rutten has contacted Sunderland to make them aware of his availability.
The 50-year old is currently out of work, however has had previous spells in management at Twente, Schalke, PSV and Vitesse.
Rutten may not have any experience of the English game, but does boast an impressive resume, with a win percentage of over 52% at each of his clubs, barring Schalke where he slumped to 41%. Even then, he lost only 8 of 24 games in charge of the Germans. Averaged over his career, it's a 55% win percentage, and only 19% loss.
Intriguingly his preferred formation appears to be that of a 4-3-3, similar to what Kevin Ball has been trying to implement during his three games in charge of the club. Perhaps Rutten can offer slightly more experience and nous to get things working.
It must be said that to this point Rutten appears to be still very, very much an outsider for the job as many media speculate it's a straight shoot-out between Gus Poyet and Kevin Ball. Rutten's availability and willingness does however muddy the waters slightly.
It's largely expected that an announcement will be made imminently to give whoever does come in the maximum amount of time to work with their new squad of players during the international break.
Nine days on from his sacking as Sunderland manager, Paolo Di Canio has issued a statement regarding the end of his brief spell on Wearside.
This weeks Make Your Case sees two writers put forward their cases on why Kevin Ball should be given the Sunderland job... and why he shouldn't.
Sunderland today confirmed on their official website that Bally would be in charge for the Champions' visit at the weekend.
Gustavo Poyet's desperation to be named the new Sunderland manager is continuing apace as he spoke about how he has been pestering his former Chelsea teammates to see if they have any interest in the job.
Speaking to South American radio stations, the Uruguayan told how he'd contacted fellow out of work manager Roberto Di Matteo, and Watford boss Gianfranco Zola;
I called him and said "Really, are you interested?" and he said "No." I said "Good, thank you. One less!
Another was Gianfranco Zola.
While expressing his glee that the two had ruled themselves out of the running, he also seemed to show he had a little bit of knowledge of Sunderland's situation;
It's a team with lots of backroom staff and scouting staff from Italy.
It was possible it would have been easier to go down that line, for the understanding between people from the same country.
It's a new team, very international, and it would be convenient for the new person to speak various languages.
You wouldn't need to have translators continually. That is something that helps me, because I have that ability.
All very valid points from Poyet, but the question marks remain over the sheer level of his desperation to be given the role, which may be seen as a hinderance. There's also the fact he's not managed at this level before.
An appointment isn't likely to be made any time soon as Sunderland still want to talk to other candidates, including former Manchester United man Rene Meulensteen and Basel boss Murat Yakin, although the latter is said to be a rank outsider for the position.
Meulensteen remains an outsider too, but his odds are coming in after stalling on a deal to become part of Martin Jol's backroom staff at Fulham.
He brings a wealth of experience as a coach, and has lots of respect from players within the game for his innovation on the training ground.
Whilst Sunderland's manager search goes on, one man is bringing a much needed calm to the madhouse and knuckling down to business. Giving him the job on a permanent basis isn't as bonkers as many claim.
Gustavo Poyet has spoken out that there is an opportunity for him at Sunderland, with further reports that he's desperate to take the role.
Speaking in today's press Poyet said;
My opportunity to manage Sunderland is there. I'm waiting. Nervously.
Since the start of the season, I've dedicated myself to watching the games of teams that might call me if things weren't going too well.
As we reported yesterday, an informal meeting in London was held whilst Kevin Ball's side were at the Stadium Of Light beating Peterborough United. Poyet is said to be desperate to manage the club and prove his worth in the Premier League.
It's understood that things went well between Poyet and the Sunderland board, and he's the contender to beat, although other names will be sounded out including former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen and Basel boss Murat Yakin before any decision is made.
Poyet was a firm favourite of the Sunderland board prior to Paolo Di Canio taking over, but he didn't want, at the time, to leave Brighton. Now with him out of work the opportunity is there, and is his for the losing at the moment.
According to the very well connected Gianluca Di Marzio, Gus Poyet is the man for Sunderland.
We should remember that Di Marzio, who works for Sky Italia, has been first to make people aware of recent Sunderland news, including the signing of Emmanuele Giaccherini and the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.
It has been suggested that Poyet is the man to beat. Sunderland are set to explore other options and allow them the opportunity to wow the board, but at the minute Poyet is the man to beat following a meeting with the Uruguayan last night away from the North East.
No decision has been made, nor has it been decreed that Poyet will for certain get the job, however he is very much in pole position.
The Sunderland board were very impressed with the style of football Poyet employed at Brighton during his tenure there, and favoured him over Paolo Di Canio at the time the Italian was appointed.
Sunderland may well just get their man this time around.
Sunderland are once again on the look-out for a new manager (or head coach). The frustration on Wearside is palpable, but the opportunity exists to wrestle back control of the club. It must not be missed.
Kevin Ball tossed his name into the hat for the full time vacancy at Sunderland following the club's 2-0 victory over Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup last night.
Speaking with reporters after the convincing victory, Ball said;
Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it. In the sense of what I have done as a coach or a player and not only that, my qualifications I have gone out and got as a coach, I would like to be considered.
The players looked very comfortable and assured last night in their victory, and it was noted that some of the celebrations were shared with Ball upon Valentin Roberge's second goal.
Ball previously had a caretaker role when Mick McCarthy left the club, guiding us to one victory in ten games. However he has come on leaps and bounds as a coach since then, experiencing huge success within our youth set-up.
He did add however that regardless of whether it was him or someone else, he just wants what's right for the club;
But ultimately, that's the club's decision and I would go with that, whether it was me or someone else, they would have my full support.
Ball's odds are shortening on becoming the new manager, and while he wouldn't be this individual writers first choice, the club could do a hell of a lot worse than someone like Ball, who understands the club, it's fans, the area, and has some tactical ability to boot.
Everyone's had a stab at this, so here's my effort.
Gustavo Poyet has emerged as a contender for the role of Sunderland manager, after a big shift in the market saw him installed as the new favourite for the position.
It was initially thought that Poyet wasn't too keen on such a move, but obviously something hasn't swayed the punters who have been lumping on him to be our next manager.
The move may be complicated by his current legal wranglings with Brighton over events that led to his dismissal, and equally there are some character concerns about his style.
He has however managed to get things done on the pitch, with Brighton a very attractive side to watch under his tutelage. He also had spells at Leeds and Tottenham which bolster his managerial experience card, albeit he was an assistant at these clubs.
Roberto Di Matteo, the former favourite, has drifted out to 9/1 with SkyBet, while some new and interesting names have entered the fray such as Andrea Stramaccioni.
Latest Odds (correct at time of publishing)
Gus Poyet - 4/6
Steve McClaren - 9/1
Roberto Di Matteo - 9/1
Tony Pulis - 10/1
Gianfranco Zola - 14/1
Alex McLeish - 20/1
Kevin Ball - 20/1
Neil Lennon - 33/1
Neil Warnock - 50/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - 50/1
Stuart Pearce - 50/1
Andrea Stramaccioni - 66/1
Alan Curbishley - 66/1
Martin O'Neill - 66/1
Peter Reid - 66/1
Gary Neville - 66/1
Niall Quinn - 100/1
Gianluca Vialli - 100/1
Giovanni Trapattoni - 100/1
Roberto Mancini - 100/1
Even more ridiculous people 100/1 and above.
With Sunderland once again looking for a new head coach, I've taken a look at the selections and given my top three preferred options. Even though it actually doesn't matter who we appoint.
With Sunderland looking for a third manager in as many seasons, our writers reveal who they would like to see installed at the Stadium of Light.
Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Larwell, has claimed that Neil Lennon won't be leaving the Scottish giants for Sunderland, although accepts that the manager will always be a target of bigger clubs.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Larwell said;It would take something special to lure him away.
This is a special club. It's a special job. If I was advising him as a friend, it'd have to be something different.
If he continues to do as he is, then there will be approaches. It's inevitable.
But he's focused on what we're trying to do and he buys into it. He's given me no indication that he wants to do anything else. He's a Celtic guy and that is a big plus.
Lennon, like Gianfranco Zola who ruled himself out earlier today, was considered an outsider for the vacancy according to the odds makers.
He has had a successful time at Celtic, although you have to question how that would translate to the considerably tougher Premier League, with many thinking (including myself) it wouldn't work.
Lennon himself remained non-committal on the subject, refusing to speak out about it in too much depth, although he does intimate he doesn't really want to leave Celtic;
I don't like answering questions on this kind of thing.
Maybe you should ask the people linking me with the jobs. I'm not aware of who they are. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing at the minute.
Although not as strong as Zola's denials, Lennon looks as though one to cross off the list. If indeed he was on on anyone's.
Watford manager Gianfranco Zola has claimed he's flattered with being linked to the vacant Sunderland position, but insists he want to see through his project at the Hornets.
Speaking to Sky Sports the Italian said;
Of course I am flattered that I have been considered but I am really happy over here and like what I am doing. I think my growth as a manager has been massive and so I want to fulfil this task that I will be here.
The 47-year old former Chelsea star has been considered an outsider for the position since Paolo Di Canio left on Sunday night, and these comments will lead most to believe he's now even more unlikely to take up a post at Sunderland.
Having failed to hit the high-notes at West Ham United, it seems unlikely any Sunderland fan will be too disheartened to hear that Zola has effectively ruled himself out of coming to the North East.
This again? Already?!? Ah man. Go on, then...
The next appointment needs to be well thought out and the incoming head coach must have experience of working with a Managing Director or Director of Football. Here are three potential candidates I've selected with that criteria in mind.
Along with the rest of the team, I've come up with my favoured suggestions for the next man to get comfortable (but doubtless not too comfortable) in the Sunderland hotseat...
In no way, shape or form do I have any idea who the next Sunderland gaffer will be but that hasn't stopped me having a stab in the dark anyway along with the rest of the team
Sky Sports News are reporting today that Kevin Ball will be in charge for the visits of Peterborough United tomorrow and Liverpool on Sunday.
The move means quite a few things.
Firstly it looks as though the club have had absolutely no contingency plan installed for if Di Canio walked or was fired. Again, it may be that having Ball in charge WAS the plan, but it seems incredibly unlikely. It's more just what anyone would have expected.
Secondly, that the move to sack Di Canio was made rather abruptly and without much concern for the future. When he arrived at the club it was in very swift fashion. We clearly had an idea of who we wanted -- be it rightly or wrongly Di Canio -- and this time around there will be much more deliberation, none of which appears to have gone on beforehand.
Thirdly, it's a shop window for Kevin Ball. Having been in charge before during a disastrous season, he has excelled at youth level and as an outsider for the job on a permanent basis, this is a great showcase for him to step out of the shadows at youth level. Whether he wants to do that or not though is a different matter.
Fourthly, we're going to be kept waiting and guessing for some time yet as to who the new man in charge will be. With uncertainty hanging over the club, hopefully not too much doubt has spread to the dressing room. Speaking of which...
Fifthly, the players have got what they wanted. Disgruntled with Di Canio's actions and mannerisms, they now have him gone. This is what they wanted and rallied for. Now it's up to them to get their heads together and prove themselves to be right...
Reports today indicate that there will be no immediate appointment as the hunt for Paolo Di Canio's successor.
Di Canio himself was installed incredibly quickly after Martin O'Neill's departure, however with the board looking to make the right appointment for the long-term this time around, a little more time will be taken over the decision than simply seeing who Roberto De Fanti is mates with.
Kevin Ball takes charge for the foreseeable future, which must be part of the so-called contingency Margret Byrne discussed earlier in the year. Although it doesn't look on paper the most stable of plans.
Either way, it looks as though there may be quite a wait until we appoint a new man, with Kevin Ball seemingly now likely to be in charge for the visit or Liverpool too.
The usual names are all in the frame to eventually take over from Ball, with heavy speculation being that Roberto Di Matteo is the favourite. It does however at this stage, remain speculation.
It's odd, it doesn't feel like very long since I wrote this piece. Oh wait, it isn't. So, for the second time in six months, here's my favoured three choices for the next man to enter through the Stadium of Light's revolving door.
Another defeat, and this time one that brought an end to Paolo Di Canio's short spell as manager.
Everyone on the site will be doing one of these, unless Sunderland pip us to the post and actually appoint someone, so here's my choices having sat on it for a while.
Certainly as some have said, the progressive choice. If we want to move on in a positive way, there's not many other ways to look at things.
Clearly a Director Of Football is what we're lumbered with, and with them overseeing the financials and potential playing staff brought in, we need someone on the training ground and in the dugout who can get the very best out of what's there.
Di Canio was of course supposed to be able to do that, but too much show and not enough pony saw that the Italian lost all respect from the players he was charged with using.
Muelensteen is by all accounts a great student of the game, and rarely does someone rise to be assistant manager of Manchester United without having some nous about them. He's also be hailed by many a player there as a superb man-manager and tactician.
Having been ousted by David Moyes in favour of Steve Round, many are expecting him to be given his first shot at big-time management sooner rather than later. I'd be delighted if he came in and we were the ones to offer that.
He ticks all the boxes, that's for sure.
A safer pick, and although I'm not entirely convinced by him as a manager you can't really argue with his results, having lost only 27% of matches in his career.
Many a Chelsea fan were fully prepared for him to be given the job full-time following the Champions League win, and wanted him to be installed there, although Roman Abramovich had other ideas.
I wouldn't mind Di Matteo, but he's not my first choice, and he wouldn't have me thinking we'd really done the right thing. More of a sideways move than a forward-thinking one.
A complete goof of a pick, let's get that out the way first. However, he is looking for work, and having transformed the fortunes of smaller sides before, he'd be an excellent fit.
Tactically, a genius. Although his methods can be questioned, he has yielded results on a consistent basis. No doubt he can do better than us, which is why I started with the precursor that this is a goof, and I don't think it's particularly possible.
With some people suggesting Roberto Mancini's name though, if we're going to go big in an appointment, Bielsa would be a much, much better pick.
The market shows one far and away favourite on who will be the next Sunderland manager.
Paolo Di Canio's reign as Sunderland Head Coach has ended.
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