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Official: Paolo Di Canio Named New Manager

After a long, long day filled with rumor and suggestion, Ellis Short has acted quickly and named Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland's new manager. Follow all the updates and get all the opinion and reaction here!

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Miliband Quits Over Di Canio Appointment

And so it begins... Sunderland Vice-Chairman David Miliband MP has resigned from his role at the club just seconds after Paolo Di Canio's appointment.


Paolo Di Canio Officially New Sunderland Manager

After what feels like a very, very long day, Sunderland have confirmed that Paolo Di Canio is the new Sunderland manager, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.


Di Canio Deal Not Interim, Could Be Done Tonight

After what you could deem as a quiet spell today for an hour or two it appears things are moving at pace on the deal to bring Paolo Di Canio to the club.

Big money came in this morning for Di Canio with the betting eventually suspended as Sky Sports announced that he was on his way to Wearside to discuss a deal.

Now as evening draws upon us, friend of Roker Report and a man very reliable on this sort of thing, George Caulkin from The Times newspaper, has put forward some significant information on Twitter;

It's interesting that Di Canio is seen as a long-term answer by Ellis Short and not just a man who will give a short-term kick up the backside to the current crop of underperforming players at his disposal.

I wouldn't be surprised at all to see this done and dusted tonight with more emerging in the morning. The length of the contract could make for very, very interesting reading though given Martin O'Neill was sacked last night, just 16 months into a 36-month contract.


Poll: Would You Be Happy If We Appointed Di Canio?

Plenty of people are chiming in to us on Twitter @RokerReport with their thoughts on the potential appointment of Paolo Di Canio, but we wanted to open up a poll to see for sure what you lot thought of the possible move.


Simon Walsh: My Top 3 For Next Sunderland Manager

Martin O'Neill's gone and it looks as though Paolo Di Canio will be installed as Sunderland manager pretty soon. Still though, we're going to lollop out who we would have wanted. For those that know me, Di Canio is far, far from the top of this list...


Craig Clark: My Top 3 Choices For Next Sunderland

All of the signs point toward Sunderland employing a long term manager in the wake of Martin O'Neill's sacking. Here are the three managers I'd be looking at to take us forward.


Di Canio Heading to Sunderland for Talks.

Following a morning of speculation, Sky Sports News are reporting than Paolo Di Canio is en route to Sunderland for talks with Ellis Short over replacing Martin O'Neill. The rumours have been circulating all day, with bookmakers slashing the odds of the Italian becoming the new manager, and it now looks a certainty that Di Canio will take charge ahead of next Sunday's game at Chelsea.

It's certainly a huge gamble by Ellis Short to appoint the former West Ham striker. Di Canio is inexperienced, and has never managed above League 1. He also has a reputation for being hot-headed, and his tenure at Swindon was full of boardroom scuffles and in-fighting between board and manager. Presumably Short is relying on the Italian to bring some of his renowned passion to the team, and give a squad that's looked desperately lacking in spirit the fight it needs to maintain its Premier League status. You'd certainly imagine Di Canio will give the team a short-term lift, but whether he's the right man long-term remains to be seen. Regardless, it's a brave decision by the Sunderland chairman, and it's anybody guess at this stage as to whether it comes off.

It's unknown at this stage the length of the contract Di Canio will get, but what looks certain at this point is that he will be the next manager of Sunderland football club.


Chris Weatherspoon: Top 3 Managerial Choices

Martin O'Neill's stunning Wearside departure late on Saturday has left plenty reeling, and even more mightily confused as to whom Ellis Short will replace him with. While I believe the removal of O'Neill to be a suicidal decision on the club's part, we must soldier on as ever.


Di Canio Odds Shortened Dramatically

Bookmakers believe Paolo Di Canio is the overwhelming favourite to take over as Sunderland manager. Rumours have been circulating all morning that the former Swindon boss would be the man Ellis Short entrusts with the club's future, and bookies have responded by slashing the odds on the Italian replacing Martin O'Neill. One booking site, Ladbrokes currently have Di Canio at 1/10, and all other bookmakers taking bets have him as the odds on favourite.

Whether or not there's any truth in the rumours remains to be seen. It certainly would seem like an risky choice, considering Di Canio has never managed about League 1 before now, and his time at Swindon ended in acrimonious circumstances. The fomer West Ham striker has a reputation for being hot-headed and we can't imagine Short would take the decision to appoint him lightly.

Still, if it turns out Di Canio is the man who's going to take over, he would probably be a lot easier for fans to get behind than the early favourite Steve McClaren. With his passionate style of management, the Italian could insert the kind of fight and hunger among the squad that is desperately needed in the run-in. As we've said, it seems a strange one, and it remains to be seen if there's any truth in it, but if the bookmakers are to be believed, it is likely that Di Canio will be the next manager of Sunderland.


Luke Bowley: Top 3 Choices For Sunderland Manager

With O'Neill gone, and Sunderland veering as out of control as an Alfred N'Diaye piledriver, it's crucial that the club select the right man. This is an opportunity to insert fresh ideas into Sunderland, and not go for the same old experiences names that we've gone of the in the past. The club must take it.


Reports: Short To Waste No Time Appointing New Man

All reports breaking this morning suggest that Chairman Ellis Short will waste no time at all in appointing a successor to Martin O'Neill.


Next Sunderland Manager: The Runners & Riders

There's several names buzzing around and in the frame for the Sunderland job at the moment, and here we provide some thoughts on each of them.


New Manager Odds: Don't Get Bogged Down In Numbers

There's a few early favourites for the job of manager, but we shouldn't get too bogged down in numbers just yet as by their own admission, the bookies know nothing.

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