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Struggling Sunderland bring in Di Canio

Published: Monday 1 April 2013, 0.26CET
Paolo Di Canio has been charged with the task of leading Sunderland AFC away from relegation danger after being appointed by the Premier League side to replace Martin O'Neill.
Struggling Sunderland bring in Di Canio
Paolo Di Canio is the new manager of Sunderland ©Getty Images
Published: Monday 1 April 2013, 0.26CET

Struggling Sunderland bring in Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio has been charged with the task of leading Sunderland AFC away from relegation danger after being appointed by the Premier League side to replace Martin O'Neill.

Premier League strugglers Sunderland AFC have appointed Paolo Di Canio as manager after parting ways with Martin O'Neill on Saturday.

O'Neill was dismissed in the wake of a 1-0 loss to Manchester United FC that left Sunderland 16th in the standings, a point above the relegation zone, and the club have acted quickly to bring in a replacement, offering Di Canio a two-and-a-half-year contract.

"Paolo is hugely enthused by the challenge that lies ahead of him," commented Sunderland chairman Ellis Short. "He is passionate, driven and raring to get started. The sole focus of everyone for the next seven games will be to ensure we gain enough points to maintain our top-flight status. I think that the chances of that are greatly increased with Paolo joining us."

A former striker with the likes of S.S. Lazio, Juventus, AC Milan and West Ham United FC, the 44-year-old Italian's only previous coaching experience came at lower league Swindon Town FC, whom he left after less than two years in charge in February.

Last updated: 01/04/13 0.45CET

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