Relaxed Sunderland caretaker Ball: I’ve met board, and didn’t press them on appointment

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KEVIN Ball says he is relaxed about Sunderland taking their time over appointing a new boss.

Paolo Di Canio was sacked a dozen days ago now and despite the club being inked with a host of potential candidates, Ball remains interim head coach and will be in charge of Sunderland’s game against Manchester United this Saturday.

Ball confirmed: “I spoke to the board earlier this week but I wasn’t pressing them over the timing of the appointment.

“They said they wanted me to stay in charge and take the Man United game this weekend and that was fine by me.

“Some people might say it’s better to get these things sorted out quickly and I would understand that.

“But we do have a bit of time coming up to think about it and sort it out then and I’m fine with that.”

Ball’s full attentions this week have been on preparing Sunderland’s player for the visit of Premier League champions Manchester United this weekend.

“I’ve heard people saying that now’s a good time to play at Manchester United because their league form hasn’t been great and they’ve had a European match midweek but I don’t read too much into that,” he said.

“We are talking about Manchester United here and they’ve always got a load of quality to throw at you.”

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