Paolo Di Canio set to become the next Sunderland AFC manager

It appears that Sunderland could be about to make a gamble as far as appointing a replacement for Martin O’Neill is concerned.

Paolo Di Canio set to become the next Sunderland AFC manager

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March 31st, 2013

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While Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes were installed as the bookmaker favourites to become the new Black Cats manager, it appears that Paolo Di Canio will hold talks with the Sunderland board in the next few days, with several media outlets reporting that the Italian is now the front runner for the job,

Di Canio’s management experience amounts to helping Swindon win the League Two title last term before steering the Robins into the top six of League One before an acrimonious departure from the Wiltshire club.

However, it appears that his passion for management appeals to owner Ellis Short who made the decision to part company with O’Neill after Saturday’s home reverse to Manchester United which leaves Sunderland teetering on the edge of the relegation zone.

The Black Cats are without a win in eight games and Di Canio would be expected to get the Sunderland squad motivated for a difficult run-in which will see them battling it out with Aston Villa and Wigan Athletic to avoid relegation.

It remains to be seen whether the Italian will be appointed on a short-term deal or instead be handed a longer contract which means he would be in charge next season whether Sunderland are a top flight club or instead return to the Championship.

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