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.

In retirement, 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 Ball was keen to carry on as manager the club wanted to bring in a higher profile name so opted for Roy Keane and Ball went back to his academy post. 

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

In July 2014, Sunderland announced that Ball would be moved to a more administrative and 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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