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The Italian lasted just 13 games in charge before being dismissed, and Ellis Short believes his hiring has left the club in "turmoil" after a "nightmare" start to the season

Sunderland owner Ellis Short says he was "wrong" to appoint recently sacked manager Paolo Di Canio, who was dismissed after just 13 games in charge.

The Italian succeeded Martin O'Neil in March before leading the struggling Black Cats to Premier League survival last term, but a return of just one point from their opening seven games this season saw him dismissed.

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Short has admitted he regrets having hired Di Canio but takes full responsibility for the appointment, and has backed new boss Gus Poyet to end the turmoil on Wearside.

"With the euphoria from our successful survival fight at the end of last season and the optimism surrounding our pre-season, we could never have imagined in our worst nightmare being in the position we are in now," he wrote in his programme notes ahead of the derby clash with Newcastle United.

"The club has been in turmoil as a result of the change of head coach so early in the season. I have to take the blame for that. Clearly at least one of the decisions I made over the last several months was the wrong one.

"I believe this period of uncertainty is now over with the appointment of Gus Poyet. Gus' challenge at Sunderland is to establish stability, get what I consider to be a good squad of players together as a cohesive unit and to begin fighting or way back up the table.

"This will have to be a steady, one-game-at-a-time recovery."