Di Canio happy with role as Sunderland close in on director of football

The Italian is happy to leave transfer business to the incoming Roberto Di Fanti and chairman Ellis Short, but the former Swindon boss insists he will have a final say
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is content with a hands-off approach when it comes to the Premier League club's transfer activity.

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 know that the club has a plan, and the picture is clear before me of how it will work," Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo. "I am head coach, the others have to handle the financial situation.

"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.

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