It is important though not be charmed by the old line about him having black friends. He knows full well the power of his Roman salute. The man he admires, the former Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini had oscillating views on Italian Jews but was openly racist
Paolo Di Canio's first match in charge sees Sunderland head to Stamford Bridge without a win in their last seven games.
Sunderland fans spent the better half of a decade dreaming of Martin O'Neill being in charge; after just over a year, it's turned into a nightmare. The Northern Irishman's appointment was supposed to be a storybook wedding; it's ended more like a Hollywood one. There's no happy ending here.
Given Fletcher's importance, it's not particularly good news for the Black Cats, even without taking into consideration that they're sitting just four points above the drop-zone, have won just two league games since the start of the year, are currently are without a win in seven matches and their next four fixtures include Manchester United, Chelsea, Newcastle and Everton.
He may not be mentioned in the same breath as the world's best, and nor should he be. But given he's only 24, there's every chance he could be one day.
James McClean, the Sunderland winger, has received death threats after he chose not to wear a poppy for their Premier League
Footballer Titus Bramble was cleared today of sexually assaulting two women. The Sunderland defender was found not guilty
Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner has been cleared of vandalising cars parked near the home of his team's arch rivals.
Just when Arsène Wenger thought it was safe to head back into English waters, Martin O’Neill looms on the horizon, teeth