Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is impressed by the work ethic of manager Paolo di Canio.

Di Canio and his backroom staff have been putting in the hard yards as they map out their blueprint for success - and that dedication hasn't escaped the chairman's notice.

Writing in the matchday programme, Red and White, before the Everton game, Mr Short said:

"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. [He] 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 pitch and at the training ground every day.

"He had great success at Swindon Town in taking a team that he was given and training, organising and motivating them to win."