Di Canio vows to keep Sunderland in Premier League

Paulo Di Canio has vowed to keep Sunderland in the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail, after giving his first press conference as the Black Cats’ manager having replaced Martin O’Neill.

There has been controversy around Di Canio’s appointment after he has made statements in the past revealing his fascist beliefs, but the Italian, formerly of Swindon Town, dismissed the uproar and has denied some of the remarks attributed to him in the past.

Di Canio joins Sunderland with the club in a precarious position in the league, sitting 16th, only a point outside the bottom three and having played a game more than Wigan Athletic, who are one place below the Mackems. O’Neill was sacked after Sunderland lost 1-0 to Manchester United at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

When I got the call I would have swam to Sunderland to take the job,” Di Canio said, adding: “Maybe I will be the most relaxed manager in the world or maybe I will have to kick some bottoms because they are young and lazy.

Sunderland play Chelsea next weekend and follow that match with the Tyne-Wear derby against Newcastle United, who themselves are currently only three points clear of the drop zone. On the subject of the match with Newcastle, Di Canio added: “After the Chelsea game we will think about the derby which I know counts as 4,000 games.

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