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Some fans 'sickened' by appointment of Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland fans have had a mixed reaction to Paolo Di Canio's appointment as head coach. Some, like Rob Johnson, said they would boycott the club while he remains in post:

Words can hardly express how sickened and ashamed I am by the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as our new manager.

Lest we forget, during WW2 267 people were killed and over 1000 wounded in Sunderland by Nazi bombers.

– Rob Johnson

For the first time in nearly 40 years, I find myself questioning whether I can continue to support our great club in the way I have done over the years.

I am sickened by our appointment of Paolo Di Canio.

– Richard Parker

Others felt Di Canio should be believed when he said his words had been twisted, and urged fellow fans to judge him by his results on the pitch:

Let Paolo Di Canio do his job of turning round a sinking ship and judge him on his ability to motivate the team and avoid relegation.

– Terry Reilly

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Di Canio: Players need to fight for Sunderland shirt

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PDC: 'Players need to fight for the shirt - go out on that pitch ready to sweat and shed blood for the club!'

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PDC: 'As much as I like talking to the press, I'd much rather be out on the training pitch with my players.' http://t.co/CYETZJ1sdP

Paolo Di Canio refuses to say whether he is still a fascist

Asked whether he still considers himself a fascist, Paolo Di Canio says: "I don't have to answer any more this question, there was a very good statement from the club".

"I don't want to talk any more about politics ... I'm not in the House of Parliament," he adds.

A press officer is cutting off any further questions on the subject.

Read: Di Canio calls claims of racism 'stupid and ridiculous'

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Paolo Di Canio thought offer of job was a 'joke'

by - ITV News Correspondent

Reporters at the Paolo Di Canio press conference were given strict instructions that we would only answer questions about football.

Di Canio says he initially thought the phonecall in which he was offered the job was a "joke".

Now he says he has passion and focus, and doesn't care about the headlines in the press. He said he would bet "everything he has" on the club staying up.

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