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Fulham 1 Cardiff City 2 match report: Martin Jol sunk by Jordan Mutch’s touch of class

Fans turn on Fulham manager after Cardiff substitute wins match in injury time with classy strike

Red hot seat: Manager David Moyes watches his side losing 2-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion. United’s third League defeat of the season leaves them a lowly 12th in the table

Manchester United 1 West Bromwich Albion 2 match report: David Moyes under pressure as Albion show magic is gone

Manager bemoans another poor performance as his United side suffers second successive defeat

Luis Suarez made his return to Liverpool action against Manchester United on Wednesday

Brendan Rodgers tips Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to hit the ground running on his Premier League return against Sunderland

The Uruguayan made his return after his 10-match ban in the 1-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Manchester United

Kevin Ball: Sunderland's caretaker manager is relaxed about condiments

Kevin Ball gets to the sauce of Sunderland troubles

Tomato sauce is back at the Academy of Light, and players are once more allowed to use their mobile phones.

Simon Mignolet joined Liverpool in the summer

Survival was not just down to Paolo Di Canio, says former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

Liverpool keeper returns to old club and says ‘new manager’ syndrome led to last season’s escape

Roberto Di Matteo could become the new Galatasaray manager

Galatasaray eye Sunderland target Roberto Di Matteo to take over as their new manager - reports

Italian set to be offered two-year deal with Turkish champions

Sunderland's Valentin Roberge celebrates his goal with teammates

Sunderland 2 Peterborough United 0 match report: Sunderland celebrate Paolo Di Canio’s exit with a show of unity in Capital One Cup

Caretaker manager Kevin Ball dropped four players from the weekend defeat to West Brom for Capital One Cup clash

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 25 September 2013

Chelsea, Spurs and Man City stroll into the last sixteen

Paolo Di Canio clashed with his players after the defeat at West Bromwich Albion

Paolo Di Canio was fired by Sunderland for 'systematic destruction' of his players

After team complained of damaged self-esteem, club felt compelled to terminate ‘irrational’ reign of fear

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 24 September 2013

Onions misses out as England give Panesar a chance

<b>Roberto Di Matteo</b><br/>
Immediately installed as the favourite to replace Di Canio. Started his managerial career at Milton Keynes Dons before joining West Brom, whom he led to promotion to the Premier League. However, he was harshly dismissed in February 2011. Was given an opportunity to work as Andre Villas-Boas' assistant at Chelsea - which saw him made caretaker following the Portuguese manager's dismissal. Di Matteo would end up leading the Blues to an FA Cup and Champions League double. That saw him given the job on a permanent basis, but all too predictably, he was fired five months later. That he is another Italian may be viewed as a bonus if Sunderland plan to keep on Di Canio's backroom staff.

Indyplus gallery: Who will replace Paolo Di Canio?

A new manager is required at the Stadium of Light

<b>Roberto Di Matteo</b><br/>
Immediately installed as the favourite to replace Di Canio. Started his managerial career at Milton Keynes Dons before joining West Brom, whom he led to promotion to the Premier League. However, he was harshly dismissed in February 2011. Was given an opportunity to work as Andre Villas-Boas' assistant at Chelsea - which saw him made caretaker following the Portuguese manager's dismissal. Di Matteo would end up leading the Blues to an FA Cup and Champions League double. That saw him given the job on a permanent basis, but all too predictably, he was fired five months later. That he is another Italian may be viewed as a bonus if Sunderland plan to keep on Di Canio's backroom staff.
Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio paid the price for his outdated style of management according to former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce

The Italian was sacked after just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats after a turbulent time in charge

Jack Wilshere sitting alongside Aaron Ramsey at the Arsenal squad photo shoot

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confident that Jack Wilshere will soon be back to his best as he is not yet match fit

Wenger has linked Wilshere with his club team-mate Aaron Ramsey after the Welshman made a brilliant start to the season having come back from a horrific double-leg break

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