Sunderland have sacked manager Paolo Di Canio after less than six months following a miserable start to the season.

Defeat to West Brom on Saturday left the Wearsiders bottom of the Premier League with just one point from the opening five games.

The club confirmed on Sunday evening that they had "parted company" with Di Canio but it is understood that Saturday's 3-0 loss which saw some travelling fans vent their anger towards the Italian forced Stadium of Light chiefs to act.