THE Sunday People is claiming that contract talks with Paolo Di Canio could stall and the Italian could be on his way this summer with Gus Poyet potentially being lined up as a replaced.
The story, written by Tom Hopkinson and Dave Kidd, claims that Di Canio and Ellis Short are set for talks which will include discussions on his salary.
The suggestion is that the two are apart on what his pay should be and Di Canio could walk if he does not get the deal he wants.
This would seem highly unlikely, though, to regular Sunderland watchers who have seen first-hand Di Canio’s profound gratitude to Short for giving him his Premier League chance and then standing by him during his first few torrid weeks in the job.
There is also the fact that Di Canio has spoken of the bond he feels for Sunderland Football Club and its fans and his passionate desire to create something special at the Stadium of Light and do a fantastic job for the club.