Caretaker Ball keen on Sunderland vacancy

The Under-21s coach took charge of the 2-0 win over Peterborough United on Tuesday, and hopes to be considered for a permanent role in light of speculating linking Gus Poyet
Sunderland caretaker manager Kevin Ball says he hopes to be considered to replace the sacked Paolo Di Canio on a permanent basis.

The 48-year-old, who also also took charge of the Black Cats for 10 games in 2006 following the dismissal of Mick McCarthy, was in the dugout for Tuesday's 2-0 win over Peterborough United in the Capital One Cup.

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Goal understands Gus Poyet is set to interview for the position, and Ball insisted he will support the club whether he is handed the role on a full-time basis or not.

"Anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it," he told reporters.

"In the sense of what I have done as a coach or a player and, not only that, the qualifications I have 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."

Emanuele Giaccherini and Valentin Roberge notched against the League One side as Sunderland booked their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, and Ball praised the team's performance in light of the uncertainty around the club.

"I just thought it was a really good performance in the sense that they worked very hard, but also played some good football and created a lot of chances," he said of the win.

"We also have to give credit to Peterborough because they came up with a decent game-plan. You can see why they are doing very well at the moment."