Paolo Di Canio has applied to become boss of managerless Championship side Rotherham, according to Press Association Sport.
Di Canio’s latest application is the second time the Italian has registered formal interest in The Millers job, having had a request for an interview rejected by the club in September following the departure of former manager Steve Evans.
Rotherham’s managerial post was vacated on Monday after Neil Redfearn was sacked, despite having only been appointed in October. In response, 47-year-old Di Canio approached the club for a second time in the hopes of receiving his first role as manager since being dismissed by Premier League side Sunderland in September 2013.
Di Canio’s notable achievements in management include leading Swindon Town to the 2012 Football League Trophy final, in which the Italian’s squad lost to League One side Chesterfield 2-0. In the same season, Di Canio’s side pulled off an FA Cup third round shock, defeating then Premier League Wigan Athletic 2-1 at the Country Ground. Later in the year, Di Canio’s Robins were crowned 2012 League Two champions.
After resigning at Swindon following financial disputes, Di Canio was quickly appointed manager of Premier League club Sunderland in March 2013, replacing the sacked Martin O’Neill. Di Canio’s most memorable moment while steering Sunderland to safety came in the famed Tyne-Wear derby, in which his side defeated Newcastle 3-0 at St James’ Park, securing The Black Cats’ first win at the stadium in over a decade.
With Rotherham currently languishing in the Championship relegation zone, if Di Canio were to be appointed the Italian would have to again demonstrate his ability to turn the fortunes around of a club destined for the drop.