Paolo Di Canio is a former Italian professional footballer and former manager of Sunderland AFC. He made over 500 league appearances and scored over one hundred goals throughout his playing career. In 2011, Di Canio entered football management in England with Swindon Town, guiding them to promotion to League One before leaving in February 2013. He was appointed as the Sunderland manager at the end of March 2013 and sacked at the end of September the same year.
The only man yet to explain his role in the sorry state Sunderland find themselves in is Roberto De Fanti, the director of football who has been handed an influential and wide-ranging role in re-shaping the Black Cats