Gus Poyet is waiting to hear from Sunderland about the manager's job.

The Daily Mail says Poyet last night told a Spanish radio station he was 'waiting anxiously' for a call from the Barclays Premier League's bottom club, who sacked Paolo Di Canio on Sunday night after players begged Ellis Short to remove him.

Although Sunderland's director of football Roberto De Fanti's preferred choice is the former Brighton boss, billionaire Short is determined to take his time and carefully select his third manager in 18 months.

Short, who has faced criticism for appointing firebrand Di Canio in the first place in March, is prepared to carry out due diligence on the seven candidates on his shortlist before making a final decision.