Paolo Di Canio confirmed as new Sunderland manager
• Former Swindon manager succeeds O'Neill
• Miliband resigns in protest at Italian's poilitics
Paolo Di Canio has been revealed as Sunderland's left-field, kill-or-cure choice to stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League.
The volatile former Lazio, Juventus, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker, and most recently the Swindon Town manager, was appointed head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal after breakneck talks in the north-east.
The move immediately proved controversial, David Miliband, the former Labour MP, stepping down as a non executive director in protest at Di Canio's political past in which he has admitted to being a fascist but not a racist. Miliband said: "I wish Sunderland AFC all success in the future. 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."
Surely an apt moment to sever the Metro link?