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Sunderland sack director of football De Fanti

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By Andrew Tuft

Friday 17 January 2014

Sunderland have sacked director of football Roberto De Fanti, the Daily Telegraph has reported, having only appointed the Italian in June.

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

De Fanti oversaw a summer of recruitment that has disappointed his superiors at the Stadium of Light, leaving the Black Cats second bottom of the Premier League.

Head Coach Paolo Di Canio was sacked earlier in the season with former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gus Poyet, latterly manager of Brighton and Hove Albion, appointed in his place.

Sunderland originally hired De Fanti after the transfer dealing of Di Canio’s predecessor, Martin O’Neill, left the club’s board underwhelmed.

De Fanti, a former agent, was a confidant of Sunderland’s owner, Ellis Short, and advised the American prior to being formally appointed.

Di Canio cited De Fanti’s transfer activity as a reason for the Mackems’ slow start to the season, the former Lazio forward claiming he had not been provided with the players he requested.

Poyet has largely left De Fanti’s signings on the sidelines, the newspaper claims, preferring to use the players left behind by O’Neill and a handful of the numerous summer acquisitions.

Sunderland host Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday and could climb out of the bottom three with a win if other results also went their way.

See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Sunderland v Southampton

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