Swindon Town v Aston Villa - Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Sunderland have a new boss. Paolo Di Canio has made the leap from League One to the Premiership, joining Sunderland in a move that has been anticipated since Martin O’Neill was sacked yesterday.

Club chairman Ellis Short:

“Paolo is hugely enthused by the challenge that lies ahead of him. He is passionate, driven and raring to get started. The sole focus of everyone for the next seven games will be to ensure we gain enough points to maintain our top-flight status. I think that the chances of that are greatly increased with Paolo joining us.”

It gets better. Di Canio is an ardent fascist who has expressed admiration for Mussolini, claiming the dictator was an ethical individual who was deeply misunderstood. Not controversial in the least said nobody.

David Miliband, a former Labour MP for South Shields and political heavyweight, has stepped down from his position on the board of Sunderland AFC.

“It is a great institution that does a huge amount for the North East and I wish the team very well over the next vital seven games. However, in the light of the new manager’s past political statements, I think it right to step down.”

A fascist from League One. Surely Di Canio’s appointment will generate some interesting conversation in the coming days.