Paolo Di Canio

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.


Former Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio

The Agenda: Does stability really bring a club success?

Lack of direction, not stability, has hurt Newcastle United and Sunderland since Arsene Wenger's appointment argues Mark Douglas

Sunderland's Jack Colback

Immense chance for Jack Colback to show England boss what he can do

Mark Douglas argues that Sunderland's Jack Colback has much to gain from a rare Roy Hodgson appearance

Paolo Di Canio during the game against West Brom

Don Hutchison: How to lose a dressing room in three months

Having played alongside former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio, Don Hutchison can see why he failed to make the right impact on Wearside

Chairman of Sunderland AFC, Ellis Short

Mark Douglas: Ellis Short is reaping the rewards

Sunderland chairman has made mistakes, but he's rectified them quickly and ruthlessly, and now Cats are on the right track

Norwich City's Gary Hooper (centre) comes under pressure from Sunderland's Lee Cattermole (right) and Phil Bardsley

Everton v Sunderland preview: How long to clean up Di Canio's mess?

Sunderland AFC coach Charlie Oatway talks Rome, relegation and revolution ahead of today's match against Everton

Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio

Mark Douglas: The North East's year of the unexpected

This year has been the year of the unexpected for the North East's top two teams. Mark Douglas looks back at a turbulent 12 months

Wes Brown in action for Sunderland against Aston Villa

Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 0: Stuart Rayner's match analysis

There are still glaring problems with Sunderland, but a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa suggested Gustavo Poyet is making progress on his top priority

The Agenda: Winners and losers of Gus Poyet's Sunderland

Six games into Gustavo Poyet’s reign as Sunderland coach, patterns are starting to emerge. Stuart Rayner looks at the winners and losers

Paolo Di Canio looks dejected after Sunderland's defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns

Mark Douglas: De Fanti needs to answer his critics after Di Canio claims

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

Paolo Di Canio holds his hands up after the match against West Bromwich Albion

Paolo Di Canio questions credentials of Sunderland's recruiter Roberto De Fanti

Sunderland director of football Roberto De Fanti is facing growing pressure to justify his role after former Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio questioned his credentials

Niall Quinn is awarded the Freedom of Sunderland

Niall Quinn: Future bodes well for Sunderland after Di Canio debacle

Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has labelled the regime of Paolo Di Canio as a "debacle", but has been impressed with the job done by his replacement Gus Poyet

Former Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill savages successor Paolo Di Canio

Martin O'Neill has branded Paolo Di Canio a "managerial charlatan" in a withering attack on his Sunderland successor

Cabral (L) and Ki Sung-Yueng of Sunderland during a training session

The Agenda: The tactical tweaks which could benefit Sunderland

So far Gustavo Poyet has overlooked his most creative players. Stuart Rayner thinks tomorrow is an ideal time to change

Lee Cattermole

Lee Cattermole: 'The summer was torturous. I came close to leaving... all you want is a little bit of respect'

Lee Cattermole has just emerged from six months in Sunderland exile. The midfielder says he never gave up hope of working his way back

The Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC

The Agenda: What has gone wrong at the Stadium of Light?

So what has happened to Sunderland? Chief sports writer Mark Douglas analyses the reasons why the Black Cats have collapsed to the worst start in Premier League history

Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear watch Newcastle United in action

Mark Douglas: Power brokers are avoiding scrutiny

They wouldn't stand for it in Bulgaria - so why should we? Mark Douglas looks at direct action in the Premier League

Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet set to be named as next SAFC manager

Former Brighton and Hove Albion manager Gustavo Poyet is set to succeed Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager

Paolo Di Canio during the game against West Brom

Paolo Di Canio will be back, says David Moyes

David Moyes believes the experience Paolo Di Canio endured at Sunderland underlines the precarious nature of football management

Sunderland caretaker manager, Kevin Ball

Ball wants new Sunderland manager appointed during international break

Kevin Ball believes it would be better for everyone if Sunderland named their next manager in the forthcoming international break

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio defends his record at Sunderland

Ex-Sunderland AFC boss Paolo Di Canio has released a statement defending his record at Sunderland


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