Kevin Ball

Where is Kevin Ball now?

Sunderland icon and former club captain Kevin Ball retired from playing in 2002 after a two year spell at Burnley.

Starting his professional career in 1982 with Portsmouth he went onto make over 600 first team appearances for four teams winning promotion to the Premier League with Sunderland in 1996 and 1999.

Upon retiring from playing, Ball rejoined Sunderland as their assistant academy manager before moving up to caretaker manager for the last 10 games of the 2005-06 season after Mick McCarthy was sacked.

Although he was keen to carry on as manager, the club wanted to bring in a higher profile name so opted for Roy Keane with Ball returning to his academy post. 

In July 2012 he was promoted by new manager Martin O’Neill to senior professional development coach which involved taking charge of the under-21’s team. 

In 2013 Ball was back as caretaker manager once again after Paolo Di Canio was sacked but went back to his under 21 coaching duties when Gus Poyet arrived as manager.

Since July 2014 Ball has been working in an ambassadorial role within the club after major knee surgery meant that he could no longer continue with his coaching role.

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Kevin Ball: Premier League Statistics

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