It promised to be a frantic first summer in charge of Sunderland for Paulo Di Canio and it is rather safe to assume the charismatic Italian wouldn’t have it any other way. Tasked with easing a wage bill that had been allowed to swell to 82% of their annual turnover under Steve Bruce and Martin 

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After succumbing to Robin Van Persie’s deflected winner against Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, if football clubs were soap operas, Sunderland’s storyline has exploded. Chairman Ellis Short decided to dispense with Martin O’Neill, with his guidance leaving Sunderland teetering perilously close to the relegation spots in the midst of 0 wins in their last 9 

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