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Di Canio named new Sunderland coach

Published on Apr 1, 2013 6:18 AM
Picture taken on Jan 6, 2005 shows Lazio's forward Paolo Di Canio grimacing to Lazio fans during Lazio vs AS Roma Serie A football match at Rome's Olympic stadium. Di Canio was appointed the new manager of Premier League side Sunderland on March 31, 2013, replacing Martin O'Neill who was sacked 24 hours earlier. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

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.

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