New Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio says he's studied extensively their relegation rivals over recent months.

His diligence means Sunderland's new head coach is well-prepared for the task ahead as he looks to steer the Black Cats to safety in the final seven games of the season.

"Since leaving Swindon, I've been in England, watching a few matches - Southampton, Reading, Aston Villa and QPR," he told the Evening Chronicle.

"This is the football I love and it was my intention to remain here because I wanted to have a chance to manage in the Premier League.

"I love England, English people and English football. This is my life.

"By accident and coincidence, I've watched all the teams in the relegation fight. But to be honest, this is a completely different club to Reading or QPR.

"That's why I said yes straight-away when I had a chance of coming in here."