SUNDERLAND have confirmed caretaker boss Kevin Ball will remain in charge for Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.
Ball has overseen Sunderland’s last two games against Peterborough and Liverpool after taking the reins following Paolo Di Canio’s dismissal as head coach.
The Under-21 coach will now extend that spell in the dug-out to three, with Sunderland announcing today that the former Black Cats skipper will oversee this weekend’s clash with the reigning Premier League champions.
Sunderland are in no rush to appoint a permanent successor to Di Canio and are performing due diligence on the various candidates vying for the role.
Gus Poyet is thought to be still the front runner for the position, while former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen is also under consideration.
But Ball, who is hopeful of landing the job himself, has support from the Sunderland dressing room and the 48-year-old will have another opportunity to stake his claim against United.