Sunderland’s Di Canio happy with transfer set-up

Paolo Di Canio.
Paolo Di Canio.
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PAOLO Di Canio has given an insight into the mechanics which will govern Sunderland’s work in the transfer market this summer.

And he insists he is happy with the new arrangements which will see him working in tandem with owner Ellis Short and a new director of football.

Milan-based Roberto Di Fanti is expected to give up his work as a football agent in order to be able to take up the new role.

And his appointment is expected to be confirmed by Sunderland in the near future.

Di Canio, meanwhile, says he is comfortable with an arrangement which will see much of the legwork removed from him in terms of finding players, but will still leave him with the final say on which new players arrives at the Stadium of Light this summer.

“I know that the club has a plan,” he said. “And the picture is clear before me of how it will work.

“I am head coach, the others have to handle the financial situation.

“I have said to them we need this type of player, this type of quality, in this position or that position.

“So show me the players we can go and get and I will tell them ‘yes, this player is OK’, or ‘no this player is not’.

Di Canio and owner Ellis Short have already held provisional talks about which path the club wants to go down this summer when it comes to bringing in new players.

And the indications are that it will adopt a business model not dissimilar to the one used by several leading European clubs and also the likes of Newcastle United – of bringing in good, young players at low cost and developing them.