According to several reports, Sunderland are in advanced talks with former Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet over the possibility of taking over from Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked a few days ago.

The reign of the Italian at the Stadium of light lasted only six months and he could manage only a handful of victories during this period. Sunderland finally managed a victory after a long time under the management of caretaker boss Kevin Ball in the League cup yesterday. The 2-0 win over Peterborough United helped them progress into the fourth round of the competition.

Gus Poyet is currently out of work after having left Brighton at the end of the last season. He had an extremely good spell at the club where he almost got them into the Premier league, but he had to leave them due to falling out with the board. This was the second spell for caretaker boss Ball and he stated after the win over Peterborough that he would like to have the job on a permanent basis. Now, it looks highly unlikely that he will be appointed on a permanent basis after sky sports reported that Sunderland were in advanced talks with the Uruguayan.

Ball, though, said that he would support any appointment made by the club.

“Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it. In the sense of what I have done as a coach or a player and, not only that, my qualifications I have gone out and got as a coach, I would like to be considered. But, ultimately, that’s the club’s decision and I would go with that, whether it was me or someone else, they would have my full support,” said Ball after the Peterborough United victory. Sunderland have a tough match against Liverpool on Sunday this weekend.