Where is Paolo Di Canio now?
Paolo Di Canio, the flamboyant yet controversial striker retired from the game in 2008 whilst playing in Italy’s second division for Cisco Roma.
Since retiring from playing, Di Canio has attained his UEFA Pro License for coaching admitting in an interview that his dream would be to manage former club West Ham United.
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In May 2011, Paolo Di Canio was unveiled as the new manager of Swindon Town and had a fantastic season culminating in promotion as champions back to League One.
After leading Swindon to two points off of an automatic promotion place in League One, Di Canio resigned from his post after financial problems with the club meant that they had to sell one of their best players behind Di Canio’s back.
Paolo Di Canio wasn’t out of football for long, as two months after he left Swindon Town he was appointed manager of Premier League side Sunderland in March 2013.
After a turbulent 13 games in charge he was sacked after a string of poor results despite keeping Sunderland from relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Di Canio left Sunderland and returned to Italy where he was signed up as a pundit for Sky Italia’s coverage of the Premier League.
In September 2016 Di Canio was suspended from his punditry role after displaying a tattoo honouring the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini during a live broadcast.
He was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt which clearly showed the word ‘DUX’ (Mussolini’s nickname) resulting in many complaints from viewers and threats to cancel their subscriptions.
Di Canio returned to the channel in January and resumed his role as a Premier League pundit.
In July 2017 Paolo DI Canio will be representing Italy in Star Sixes, a new six-a-side indoor international tournament at the O2 in London featuring some of the world’s most iconic footballers.
Paolo Di Canio: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com