Paolo Di Canio signs deal on Wearside.
Sunderland AFC have today announced the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as Head Coach.
The 44 year-old has agreed a two and a half year deal on Wearside and will take charge of the Black Cats from tomorrow (Monday).
Di Canio entered football management in 2011, taking charge of Swindon Town. During his tenure he guided the Robins to promotion and a Wembley final.
As a player he made more than 500 appearances, scoring over 100 goals. Beginning his career in his native Italy, he played for top sides Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan before making a move to Celtic.
This was followed by stints in the Premier League with Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton. During his time in English football he scored in excess of 60 goals.
Chairman Ellis Short said: “Paolo is hugely enthused by the challenge that lies ahead of him. He is passionate, driven and raring to get started.
“The sole focus of everyone for the next seven games will be to ensure we gain enough points to maintain our top-flight status.
“Our fans have shown tremendous patience and understanding this season. They have continued to back the team in huge numbers, both home and away, and that is something that continues to inspire all of us in our drive to give them the successful club they deserve.
“That remains our primary aim.”