Ex-Sunderland boss Di Canio refuses to rule out taking Newcastle job

JOB TALK ... Paolo Di Canio.
JOB TALK ... Paolo Di Canio.
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FORMER Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio has refused to rule himself out of the running for the vacant Newcastle United job.

Di Canio has been out of work since September 2013, when he was sacked by Sunderland.

And he says he will “consider everything” as he seeks a return to football.

The Italian told talkSPORT: “It’s obvious that I will consider everything.

“When you’re a manager, sometimes you like a challenge, even challenges that you might not expect. Everything is possible in life, why not?”

Meanwhile, Di Canio has insisted that if he does return to management, he will not have a point to prove to Sunderland.

He added: “I don’t have to prove anything to anybody because it’s obvious that I did a very good job with my staff there at Sunderland.

“In the new season, it didn’t even start for me and my staff because after five games, the players who were selected by the two other Italians (Roberto De Fanti and Valentino Angeloni) that had the maximum power given by (owner) Ellis Short.

“In five games, we didn’t have a good result and they decided to change. I don’t know why, but it’s obvious I can understand and I can imagine.

“My story finished too early and I don’t have to prove anything.

“I need to work only as I did at Swindon and as I did with seven games to go at Sunderland when I had great success with the team, with the squad and with my staff.”

On the prospect of a return to football, Di Canio added: “Obviously I want to be a manager in the Premier League, but I don’t care if it’s in the Championship or League One.

“It’s important that there is a project for the future, a medium period.”