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Short concedes Di Canio paid for Sunderland's "terrible start"
SUNDERLAND chairman Ellis Short has broken his silence to reveal that Paolo Di Canio lost his job because of a "terrible" start to the season.
Short dismissed Di Canio as head coach last month amid a dressing-room revolt, with the Black Cats rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.
The American opted not to make a public statement at the time, but has used his programme notes ahead of today's Premier League game with Manchester United to explain some of the thinking behind his decision to change boss.
Short said: "It has been a terrible start to the season and we are now living with the inevitable disruption related to parting company with our head coach.
"We owe great thanks to Paolo Di Canio for keeping us up last season. He came in and provided the fire that we needed to fight for the points necessary to stay in the league.
"I appreciate that opinions are mixed amongst our fans over whether he should have been replaced. Again, this decision was based on what we felt was best for the club. We wish Paolo the best in his future managerial career."
Short is expected to appoint a new permanent manager in the next fortnight, with former Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick today emerging as the latest managerial name to be linked with the post.
Gustavo Poyet and Rene Meulensteen have both been involved in discussions, with caretaker boss Kevin Ball also hoping to secure the position on a full-time basis.
Short said: "We now have a very important decision to make. Our only consideration in making that decision is what is best for the club.
"In doing so, we feel the weight of the entire city and beyond, along with the history of this massive football club.
"The appointment of a replacement head coach is our priority and I urge you to ignore the speculation in the media about the selection process, because most of it is completely wrong."
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