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Sunderland should give Ball a shot at management

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There are numerous figures in football like Kevin Ball - loyal club servants who shy away from the limelight and yet do a good job. However, Ball is understood to be in the running to succeed the much-maligned Paolo Di Canio as manager of Sunderland. 

As a sign of his integrity, Ball has not made any negative comments towards the former manager Di Canio. He has also only referred to the potential full-time position by saying that "anybody who is anybody would like to be considered for it".

His positivity helped in his first game in charge as the Black Cats managed a 2-0 victory over Peterborough in the Capital One Cup. The potential for an upset was evident, with the team's confidence having been shot to pieces by the aggressive negativity shown by Di Canio. Despite the cloud hanging over them, however, Ball's side achieved a promising result.

The Black Cats were unable to continue their winning streak in the Premier League against Liverpool as they lost 3-1 on Sunday. However, there were various positive signs to take away from the game. Sunderland posed a threat going forward and Keiren Westwood was brilliant in goal. They were inevitably going to be overpowered against a team that had a resurgent Luis Suarez and in-form Daniel Sturridge in its ranks.

Ball must surely be pleased that he will definitely be in charge when Sunderland take on Manchester United on Saturday. There is definitely the potential to exploit a United side that is short on confidence and lacking in defensive consistency.

If Ball's side can get a positive result against the Red Devils, then the Englishman will surely be hoping that he is seriously considered for the job full-time.

In 2006, after the dismissal of Mick McCarthy, Ball took charge of the club for 10 games, taking a creditable five points in the process. If it hadn't been for the then chairman Niall Quinn wanting to appoint a high-profile manager, Ball may have been considered for the job then.

By contrast, it appears that now is the perfect time for Ball to be given a chance. Current chairman Ellis Short is understood to be reluctant to rush a decision after Di Canio's disastrous tenure.

But who better to appoint than the man who has overseen two very positive performances from the Sunderland players? He is known to be well-liked by the squad and has the added benefit of knowing the club and its staff very well. There will be less of a 'settling in' period, and therefore the greater potential for consistent results right from the off.

However, it is understood that Ball is yet to be interviewed for the manager's position. This may indicate that senior figures are focussing on an established manager such as Gus Poyet.

Whatever happens, Ball will undoubtedly continue to loyally serve Sunderland Football Club. He has already indicated that whoever the club choose as the new manager will receive his full support.

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