Di Matteo early favorite for Sunderland vacancy

The dust has barely settled on the end of Paolo di Canio’s controversial reign at Sunderland and already thoughts have turned to the Italian’s successor. Di Canio was sacked on Sunday night in the fall-out from Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by West Brom in which some players apparently contacted the club’s hierarchy to complain about the Italian’s man-management skills. Former Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo is making the early running to fill the post, with Gus Poyet second favorite. Click here for the latest transfer rumors from the UK press.