The Premier League has witnessed it’s first sacking of the season with just 5 games played, with Sunderland sacking manager Paolo di Canio.
The 45-year-old Italian has won three of his 13 matches since being appointed in March and taken only one point from five league games this campaign.
Sunderland said they will decide on Di Canio’s successor in “due course”.
Coach Kevin Ball will take temporary charge of the team, with ex-Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo an early favourite for the job.
Former Brighton manager Gus Poyet is also believed to be a contender but he has refused to comment on reports linking him to the post.
Di Canio’s dismissal leaves Sunderland looking for their sixth permanent manager in less than five years.
The Italian’s backroom team of first-team coach Fabrizio Piccareta, goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo, fitness coach Claudio Donatelli and physio Giulio Viscardi will also leave the Stadium of Light outfit.
Sunderland’s statement added: “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future.”