Paolo di Canio admits he offered his resignation to Sunderland over the political storm his appointment created.
Di Canio blames David Miliband for the furore.
Di Canio, 44, said: â€œIâ€™m still surprised at the fuss about me being appointed by Sunderland.
â€œThere was some debate when I got the Swindon job in 2011 but then everything died down.
â€œI thought certain arguments had been overcome but instead they got blown up into a political case.
â€œIt was obvious that things were being exploited. The Labour MP David Miliband had announced a month before that he was going to the United States.
â€œBut by linking his resignation from the clubâ€™s board to my arrival, he got people talking about him once more.
â€œI told Sunderlandâ€™s directors: â€˜If Iâ€™m going to be a problem for you, Iâ€™ll quitâ€™. But their answer was: â€˜Stay here, we have faith in youâ€™."