The Black Cats are set to confirm Roberto Di Fanti as director of football with a view to working with owner and chairman Ellis Short regarding the recruitment of players.
Di Canio will retain the right to have a final say on transferS after giving Di Fanti a list of requirements, an arrangement the Italian is happy with.
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"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 okay' or 'No, this player is not'."
Di Canio has said he intends to bring in six or seven players this summer as he looks to overhaul his squad following a 17th-placed finish in the Premier League.
Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon are out of contract while Phil Bardsley incurred the club’s wrath for posing for a photograph lying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes with team-mates - leading to a fine.