NEVILLE UNSURE ON DI CANIO

Sky Sports TV pundit Gary Neville has revealed that he is not sure whether the appointment of former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio as the new Sunderland manager is the right decision.

After the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United last weekend, Sunderland took the drastic step of sacking their manager Martin O'Neill after just over a year in charge. Results have been extremely poor under the former Aston Villa manager, which have left the club only a few points above the relegation zone. There is real danger of Sunderland being relegated to the Championship with just seven matches remaining in the season.

It did not take long for Sunderland to name a successor for O'Neill, as they appointed former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio, who has been one of the controversial characters in football. He only recently resigned from his previous job. During his playing days, the Italian has represented several British clubs including West Ham United. He was known for his controversial remarks back then, which has also not changed after becoming a manager. Di Canio was involved in several fights with his own players, but he produced the results. Swindon were one of the inform teams in English football under his reign.

"I do not know what is going to happen. It is very un-Sunderland-like when you think of [previous managers] Peter Reid, Niall Quinn, Roy Keane, Steve Bruce and Martin O'Neill. You could argue it is very different from those appointments. It is a change of tact. Maybe that is something Ellis Short was very conscious of and wanted to do. It is a risk but life is about risks. We will only know in a few weeks' time," said Neville. Sunderland are just above the relegation zone only by a one point with Aston Villa and Wigan close.