When Sunderland parted company with Paolo Di Canio on Sunday, many cited the Italian's style of management for his dismissal - falling out with big characters in the dressing room as well as publicly denouncing his players... a filthy cloud lurks above Sunderland as a club and how they are run above management level.
After a rollercoaster six months, Ellis Short has - rightly or wrongly - decided the Italian was too close to veering off the tracks, and what's needed is a new man to steer things in a far more upwardly direction. While there's still debate to be had over Short's decision, the question now moves from 'what?' or 'why?' to 'who?' Here's a look at some of the realistic - and not so realistic - candidates
Whether or not Di Canio verbally or physically expresses extreme views is not really the point. Why should someone whose political leanings give credit to those who support intolerance to the point of persecution be allowed to operate unchecked? So what if Di Canio's previous right-wing rhetoric might be deemed 'soft-core'?