24/09/2013 07:00 BST | Updated 24/09/2013 07:01 BST

Paolo Di Canio Sacked: 7 Contenders To Become New Sunderland Boss

It is expected Sunderland will have replaced Paolo di Canio before the weekend, but early murmurs suggest a couple of the candidates aren't wholly convinced by the job on offer.

Mackems chairman Ellis Short has now sacked three managers in less than two years and Sunderland have one point after five Premier League games. The squad overhaul Di Canio oversaw has predictably backfired and his successor will be hiring a new batch of dead wood.

Here are seven candidates who could replace the Italian...

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