Paolo Di Canio’s controversial appointment as Sunderland manager lasted less than six months and just 13 matches.
With the Black Cats festering at the bottom of the Premier League table, maverick Italian Di Canio has been sacked.
He was relieved of his duties on Sunday night, after club owner Ellis Short caught wind of a nasty training ground argument Di Canio had with his players on Sunday morning.
They had lost 3-0 at West Brom on Saturday, and having gathered the players for a meeting after analysing the game, Di Canio was forcefully giving them a piece of his mind.
But the players, reportedly led by Lee Cattermole, who Di Canio had stripped of the captaincy, hit back.
They told the feisty alleged Fascist that his methods hold no truck in the dressing room, and that the players have no faith in his ability as a manager.
"Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening," read a club statement.
"Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night's Capital One Cup game against Peterborough and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor. The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future."
Di Canio joined Sunderland under a cloud, after supporters questioned his right-wing politics.
He failed to get to grips with a squad largely composed of new players without Premier League experience, and has struggled to get his bombastic view of football across.
It was always going to be risky and entertaining, and it is safe to say that Di Canio’s appointment has now been confirmed as a massive mistake.
Sacked ex-Chelsea boss, Roberto Di Matteo, and sacked ex-Brighton manager, Gus Poyet, are the early front-runners for the job.