Sunderland players demand British boss

Former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet

Sunderland players have told owner Ellis Short that they want a British manager to replace Paolo Di Canio as boss at the Stadium of Light, according to the Guardian.

Di Canio was sacked last week after yet another defeat away at West Brom and Kevin Ball will now take charge on a caretaker basis, including today at home to Liverpool.

After a difficult relationship with Di Canio, Sunderland players have demanded that Short hires a British boss with Steve McLaren, Tony Pulis and Neil Lennon the frontrunners.

However Short may ignore the player power, which may have been one reason for Di Canio’s difficulties, and opt for former Brighton manager Gus Poyet whose record on the south coast was impressive.

Poyet was dismissed at the Amex stadium after an off field incident which occurred in the play-offs against Crystal Palace last season and would be keen on moving to the North East.

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