Di Canio keen on Celtic job

  • Last Updated: May 26 2014, 11:40 BST

Paolo Di Canio is interested in discussing the possibility of returning to Celtic Park to replace Neil Lennon as the club's manager, according to his agent.

Paolo Di Canio is interested in the Celtic vacancy, according to his agent
Paolo Di Canio is interested in the Celtic vacancy, according to his agent

The 45-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by Sunderland last September.

But his UK representative Phil Spencer revealed the Italian is eager to speak to Celtic about filling the void left by Lennon, who ended his four-year reign as the club's manger on Thursday.

"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."

Di Canio joined Celtic from AC Milan in 1996 and went on to win the PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award in his first season.

But he left to join Sheffield Wednesday after just one season at Parkhead, following a pay dispute with then Celtic owner Fergus McCann.

The former Juventus and Napoli forward had spells with West Ham and Charlton followed by a return to boyhood club Lazio before ending his playing career at Cisco Roma.

Di Canio's first foray into management came at Swindon Town in 2011 where he guided the club to automatic promotion from League Two in his first season in charge.

He resigned from his position the following season due to the Wiltshire club's financial difficulties before taking charge of Sunderland in March 2013.

His spell in charge at the Stadium of Light was dogged by controversy and he was axed just six weeks into the season after Sunderland took just a point from their first five fixtures.