Sunderland chairman Ellis Short thanks Kevin Ball

Sunderland thank Ball
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Ellis Short thanks Kevin Ball for his commitment during his temporary stint as Sunderland boss.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short has expressed his gratitude towards Kevin Ball and his coaching staff for the interim stint at the Stadium of Light.

Ball took charge of the first team for three matches following the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio, but has now been replaced by Gus Poyet, who has signed a two-year deal to become the head coach at the club.

"I would like to thank Kevin, along with Robbie Stockdale, Mark Prudhoe and Scott Pearce, who stepped in at a moment's notice in what was a very difficult situation," Ellis told the club's official website.

"Without any hesitation, they gave 100% to the cause. As usual, Kevin gave his all for the benefit of our club and we are very grateful to him for his ongoing commitment."

Poyet heads into his new role with Sunderland at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Chairman of Sunderland AFC, Ellis Short, during the launch of a pioneering partnership between Invest in Africa and Sunderland AFC at Stadium of Light on June 25, 2012
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