Paolo Di Canio will work alongside four other coaches who served with him at his former club Swindon, according to a statement on Sunderland AFC's website:
Following the arrival of new head coach Paolo Di Canio, there’s a few other new faces at the Academy of Light.
First team coach Fabrizio Piccareta, goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo, fitness coach Claudio Donatelli and physiotherapist/masseur Giulio Viscardi have all joined the club’s backroom staff.
The four all served alongside Di Canio at Swindon Town from May 2011 to February 2013.
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio denied he was a racist or fascist after his controversial appointment received fresh criticism.
Yesterday's press conference at Sunderland's Academy of Light training base was illuminating in every way but one.
Paolo Di Canio refused to answer questions on whether he is a fascist but said the controversy surrounding his appointment was "ridiculous."