Betting Special: Roberto Di Matteo odds on to replace Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland

The 45-year-old Italian became the first manager to leave his post after a poor start to the season and the former Chelsea boss is the early favourite to replace him
His confrontational style has always meant Paolo Di Canio was never far from the headlines but after collecting just one point from the first five Premier League games of the season he has been relieved of his duties as Sunderland manager, following a record of three wins, three draws and seven defeats.

Next Sunderland Manager

Odds from BetVictor
Roberto Di Matteo 4/7
Gus Poye 8/1
Tony Pulis 12/1
Alex McLeish 12/1
Steve McLaren 33/1
Harry Redknapp 66/1
Di Canio made a raft of changes over the summer after arriving on March 31 but despite a high turnover of players since his arrival the results showed little sign of improving, although even by Premier League standards a 13-game tenure is a particularly short spell in charge.

Former Chlesea boss Roberto Di Matteo is just 4/7 (1.57) with BetVictor to replace his fellow countryman and take over at the Stadium of Light.

Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas on a temporary basis after the Portuguese manager left Stamford Bridge and oversaw a campaign in which Chelsea lifted the Champions League for the first time, before being given the job on a permanent basis only to pay the price for poor results in the same competition the following season.

His immediate availability and Premier League experience with the Blues - as well as two seasons at West Bromwich Albion - mean he is a logical choice, but there are several outsiders who will no doubt feel they have a chance of taking over.

Gus Poyet has been out of a job since leaving Brighton and Hove Albion last season. He has often been tipped for a future in Premier League management and his results with the Seagulls mean he is second favourite at 8/1 (9.0) to get the job.

The 45-year-old Uruguyan spent four years with the club, although his tenure ended under somewhat of a cloud after an internal dispute and subsequent unsuccessful appeal to his contract being terminated.

Tony Pulis left Stoke after a seven year spell in charge of the Potters and ensured they remained an ever-present in the top flight during his time at the Britannia Stadium. His preferred footballing style was not universally popular but his ability to keep the Potters in the Premier League mean he is a 12/1 (13.0) chance to take over from Di Canio.

Former Birmingham and Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is also available at 12/1 (13.0) and has been out of work since a brief spell at Nottingham Forest where he left the City Ground after just over two months in charge.

There's a significant gap in price to the next set of contenders in BetVictor's market that include Steve McLaren (33/1), Gianfranco Zola (50/1) and Harry Redknapp (66/1).  

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