– Sunderland chairman Ellis Short
The simple answer as to why we changed managers was because our results and performances on the pitch hadn't been good for over a year.
The decision to change manager was made with only one aim - to give us the best possibility of staying in the Barclays Premier League.
I am excited that we were able to bring in Paolo. Paolo is a real training ground coach. His very choice of title of Head Coach rather than manager tells you a lot about him and his approach.
He's a real student of the game, spending hours on the training ground every day.