Director of football to help new Sunderland boss

Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland are said to be keen to appoint a director of football in the summer but Paolo Di Canio will have the final say on signings.

Di Canio has said he is not focused on improving the squad he inherited from Martin O’Neill yet because staying up this season remains the priority for the Italian.

It will be the summer when the new manager will be looking to strengthen his squad but well-placed reports say Black Cats owner Ellis Short is seeking to appoint a director of football over the close season in order to improve the club’s recruitment of new players.

Di Canio was described as a “head coach” when he was appointed at the weekend, and the phrase was believed to have been used deliberately, paving the way for someone experienced to come in and fulfill a European-style director of football role.

The former West Ham and Lazio star will still have the final say on any new signings though, but will devote the majority of his attention to the training pitch with other people working hard behind the scenes on identifying transfer targets.

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