Paolo Di Canio loves Sunderland’s Stadium of Di-Light

LOVES SUNDERLAND: Paolo Di Canio. Picture by FRANK REID

LOVES SUNDERLAND: Paolo Di Canio. Picture by FRANK REID

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PAOLO Di Canio made his first to the Stadium of Light as head coach only 48 hours ago but says he found it an emotional experience.

Di Canio has worked Trojan hours at the club since his arrival at the start of the month – often not leaving until close to midnight – as he gives his all to the task of keeping Sunderland in the Premier League.

But, perhaps a little bizarrely, not once in those long days has he headed the short distance from the Academy to the Stadium of Light.

That changed on Wednesday when he was given a guided tour of the ground and admitted he found himself feeling choked up by the visit.

“I only went there earlier this week for the first time,” he confirmed.

“I went there for about 30 minutes – just to make sure that we are not going to turn in the wrong direction when we arrive there on match day!

“But I have to say that it was a very good moment for me.

“It game me and my staff an extra lift and a desire to work even more because we appreciate the size and scale of this club.”

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