Paolo Di Canio: “The Sunderland board took some stick over the appointment.
“I spoke to a few of them, and they said that the idea was to lift it – to bring a bit of sparkle.
“I want to make Sunderland people proud after what happened last week.
“I want the owner and the board to know that they have made the best decision in appointing me.
“And I have to say that I think this is the best moment of my managerial career.
“I cannot forget or disrespect Swindon because I had important wins there too – especially in the cup.
“But when you play in the top league, and you win one of the hottest derbies in the world, where they fight for the kingdom – it is amazing.
“For me also, it is my first win as a manager in this league, which in my view is the best league in the world.
“So to get my first Premier League win, especially in a game like this, it is the best for me.”