Kevin Ball

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Kevin Ball
Personal information
Full name Kevin Anthony Ball
Date of birth (1964-11-12) 12 November 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Hastings, England
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1982 Coventry City 0 (0)
1982–1990 Portsmouth 105 (4)
1990–1999 Sunderland 340 (21)
1999–2000 Fulham 18 (0)
2000–2002 Burnley 82 (2)
Total 545 (27)
Teams managed
2006 Sunderland (caretaker)
2013 Sunderland (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Kevin Ball (born 12 November 1964) is an English former footballer who holds the position of senior professional development coach at Sunderland.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Hastings, Ball began his career in central defence but eventually moved into central midfield. He played 389 games for Sunderland in all competitions, scoring 27 goals. His career took off with a spell at Portsmouth and, after leaving Sunderland, he had spells at Fulham and Burnley. Whilst at Sunderland, he played in the 1992 FA Cup Final where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.[1]

He was named Sunderland F.C. Player of the Year for season 1996/97,[citation needed] the year they were relegated from the Premier League.

Managerial career[edit]

Between 6 March and 8 May 2006 Ball acted as Sunderland caretaker manager for the last ten games of the 2005–06 season following the sacking of Mick McCarthy, taking five points from these games.[2] Although Ball expressed his interest in the manager's job on a full-time basis, incoming chairman Niall Quinn was keen for the club to appoint a 'world-class manager' following the club's takeover by the Drumaville Consortium, ruling Ball out of the running. Ball remained at Sunderland under the new regime, returning to his former post of assistant academy manager. Manager Martin O'Neill promoted Ball to become the club's senior professional development coach in July 2012, which includes being responsible for the club's reserve team and the club's under-21 players. In 2013 he again became caretaker manager following the sacking of Paolo Di Canio.[3] Kevin Ball's first game in charge resulted in a 2 - 0 home win over Peterborough in the Capital One League Cup.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sunderland 7 March 2006 31 May 2006 10 1 2 7 10.00
22 September 2013 8 October 2013 3 1 0 2 33.33
Total 13 2 2 9 15.38

Honours and Awards[edit]

As a player[edit]



  • Sunderland Player of the Year: 1996/97
  • Sunderland Solid Gold XI[4]


  1. ^ "Liverpool 2 - 0 Sunderland". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Newhouse, Sam (26 March 2013). "Does sacking a manager late in the season work?". London: The Independent. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kevin Ball steps into breach as Sunderland wait to name new boss". Sky Sports. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Solid Gold XI". Sunderland A.F.C. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gary Bennett
Sunderland A.F.C. captain
1995 - 1999
Succeeded by
Steve Bould