Football: Sunderland's Ball remains in charge for United clash
30 September 2013, 21:10
London - Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball will remain in charge for Saturday's clash with Manchester United as the search for Paolo Di Canio's successor continues.
Di Canio was sacked last week following a troubled 13-game stint that concluded with his team at bottom of the Premier League.
Ball, who had been working as an assistant coach with the Black Cats, was initially asked to take the reins for the League Cup win over Peterborough and Sunday's 3-1 Premier League defeat against Liverpool.
But he will now also pick the team for United's visit to the Stadium of Light as Sunderland's board are still considering their options to replace Di Canio eight days after the Italian's departure.
"Clearly as a matter of priority, our efforts are presently focused on appointing a new Head Coach," Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said.
"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."