PAOLO Di Canio has cast serious doubt on the abilities of Sunderland’s director of football, Roberto De Fanti, and the club’s chief scout, Valentino Angeloni.
The trio were supposed to work together to identify and recruit Sunderland’s transfer targets over the summer.
But despite 14 new signings being made, former boss Di Canio said NONE of the players he originally asked for arrived at the club.
And he pointed out that his preference was for more British players at the Stadium of Light, when in fact only Altrincham youngster Duncan Watmore was brought in from the British Isles.
In his first public interview since his sacking in September, Di Canio – sacked in September – revealed: “I think 80 per cent of the squad should be British footballers.
“I don’t know why more didn’t come, you would have to ask Roberto De Fanti and Valentino.
“They were given power by the chairman.
“I gave them my opinion, I gave them names, but not one came and I don’t know why.
“The players that did come, I accepted, but obviously they weren’t my first choices.”
That is likely to be interesting reading for Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet who planned to meet De Fanti this weekend to discuss possible moves in the transfer markets this January.
The Uruguayan is likely to have firm ideas on which type of players needs to be brought in and the identity of the players themselves.
And he will be less likely than Di Canio to accept players he is not keen on after the example of the summer transfer window in which 14 players were brought in but only Jozy Altidore and Emanuele Giaccherini have emerged as first-team regulars.