Paolo Di Canio fancies Celtic job

Paolo Di Canio Sunderland manager

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Paolo Di Canio has declared his interest in the vacant managerial position at Celtic following the departure of Neil Lennon last week.

The Italian has been out of work since being sacked by Sunderland just six weeks into last season, but he is keen to return if the right job becomes available, and Celtic would interest him.

Di Canio was a hero among the Celtic faithful after moving to Parkhead from AC Milan back in 1996, but he spent just one season with them before joining Sheffield Wednesday.

A pay dispute was to blame for his departure but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and his UK-based agent Phil Spencer says he is interested in a return.

Celtic have yet to make any contact with Di Canio, and it remains to be seen if they will, but Spencer says he would welcome an approach.

“Paolo would be keen to speak to Celtic,” Spencer said.

“He played for the club and he certainly has a good relationship with the fans.

“There has been no contact between Paolo and the club. But if there was, it’s something he would consider.”

Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle are said to be hot favourites for the role, while Roy Keane, Morten Wieghorst and David Moyes also remain in the frame.

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