Di Canio named new Sunderland coach
LONDON (AFP) - Paolo Di Canio was named the new coach of Premier League strugglers Sunderland on Sunday, a move which sparked the resignation from the club board of an ex-foreign minister outraged by the Italian's right-wing views.
Di Canio replaced Martin O'Neill, who was sacked on Saturday.
"Sunderland AFC have confirmed the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as Head Coach on a two-and-a-half year deal," said a club statement.
The 44-year-old Di Canio will take charge of the Black Cats from Monday in succession to O'Neill, who was axed on Saturday following the 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.