PAOLO Di Canio was sacked as Sunderland manager last night after claims a furious training ground bust-up proved the final straw for owner Ellis Short.
The club acted quickly to relieve the Italian of his job with the team sitting bottom of the table without a Premier League win this season.
And that decision reportedly followed an alleged bust-up at the Academy of Light yesterday.
Claims have circulated that Di Canio held an inquest into Sunderland’s disastrous start to the season in which several senior players rounded on him by questioning his methods and his tactics.
The controversial head coach had staged an extraordinary stunt after the defeat against West Brom on Saturday, gesticulating in front of Sunderland’s supporters for several minutes.
Another Italian, former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo, has been installed as the early favourite to replace Di Canio, while Gianfranco Zola, Gus Poyet and former England boss Steve McClaren are also in the frame.