SUNDERLAND are turning to Paolo Di Canio to end the slump which threatens to send the club spiralling back into the Championship.
The controversial Italian was on his way up to the North East for talks this afternoon with the club hoping his appointment could be confirmed as early as this evening.
It is impossible to set time limits on negotiations of this sort but if not today, then the 44-year-old’s appointment is likely to be confirmed tomorrow.
The ex-Swindon boss is keen on the job, is the only candidate the club are currently looking at and no real obstacle is expected in any contract negotiations.
Di Canio’s would be an intriguing appointment.
His track record at Swindon Town was excellent in his 22 months at the helm.
He took over at the County Ground in May 2011 and led the club to promotion from League Two in his first season, while also taking the club to a Football League Trophy final where the side lost to Chesterfield.
This season the club is in with a chance of making it consecutive promotions, despite the cash-strapped outfit operating under a transfer embargo.
Di Canio resigned last month after receiving no assurances over the cash-strapped Wiltshire club’s financial situation, having offered to pay money out of his own pocket to keep loan signings.
Both the resignation and the financial offer were in keeping with the ex-Lazio and West Ham striker’s passionate nature.
But it appears he will be out of work for little more than a month with Sunderland deciding to pursue a manager who will certainly get a reaction from the fans and the players if nothing else.