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Nine years after bringing the curtain down on a superb playing career in the Barclays Premier League, charismatic Italian Paolo Di Canio got his first taste of management in the English top flight with Sunderland as he was appointed to galvanise the Black Cats’ bid to secure safety in 2012/13 season.
Di Canio had a habit of scoring magnificent goals, including a sensational volley for West Ham United against Wimbledon that is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikes in Premier League history, in an eight-year spell as a player in England.
He first moved to the United Kingdom from his native Italy in 1996 when he signed for Scottish side Celtic from AC Milan, but a year later he moved to Sheffield Wednesday and scored 12 goals in his debut season.
He had his greatest success at West Ham after joining in the 1998/99 season, helping the Hammers to a fifth place league finish in his debut campaign and overall scoring 48 goals in 118 appearances. A season with Charlton Athletic followed and, after finishing his career in Italy, his first notable move into management was on English shores with Swindon Town in League 2.
He gained promotion to League 1 with Swindon and, after overseeing a promotion push in the early stages of the 2012/13 season, his exploits earned him an opportunity to take over as manager of Sunderland following Martin O’Neill’s departure. He parted company with the Black Cats in September 2013 after picking up one point from the opening five matches of the 2013/14 campaign.