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Sunderland: Paolo Di Canio appointment surrounded by controversy

Di Canio hopes to keep Sunderland in the Premier League  (©GettyImages)
Di Canio hopes to keep Sunderland in the Premier League (©GettyImages).

Paolo Di Canio was unveiled as the new Sunderland manager after Martin O'Neill was shown the door by the Black Cats. 

O'Neill, although a very nice man, hasn't had the best season with Sunderland as they now sit one point out the relegation zone and their loss to Manchester United last weekend was seen as the final straw for the Irish manager. 

It was a rather quick appointment after the dismissal of O'Neill but no one involved with Sunderland, or possibly even football, could have predicted the fury this has caused. 

Di Canio is a self confesses fascist but has been seen supporting anti racism campaigns and it appears many people are looking at Di Canio's interviews and actions from years gone by.

Pictures of the Italian making a straight arm salute years ago have been resurfaced and being held against him as many involved with Sunderland brand his appointment as scandalous. David Miliband has even stepped down as a director of the club in protest.

Having proved himself as manager of Swindon in League 2 then League 1, Di Canio certainly knows how to get results and performances from his players. Although a very eccentric character, he may be seen as the kick in the backside Sunderland need to stay out of the relegation zone and in the Premier League.

With a collection of silverware from his lower league success, Sunderland bosses will hope this form follows the Italian to the top flight.

Although racism cannot be overlooked and is most definitely not a subject to be taken lightly, surely there are ways of dealing with it without embarrassing both the club and the man in question?

He's yet to take charge of a match and there's already a media circus forming around this man who has been employed to do a job at the Stadium of Light. 

If Di Canio is found to be making racist comments or acting in an unsuitable manor then by all means he should be held accountable but until then, should we not be waiting in anticipation to see what Paolo can achieve at his first Premier League club? 

I'm not saying we should ignore any previous comments or action but why drag things up that are going to cause arguments, instead we should look at how he won promotion from League 2 with Swindon.

With only seven games left for Sunderland, every point is vital and I'm sure Di Canio's main objective is to ensure survival. 

 

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