Paolo Di Canio has sealed a remarkable return to English football as manager of League Two Swindon Town.
The flamboyant 42-year-old Italian has verbally agreed to take over the newly relegated club and should be unveiled on Monday.
A club statement read: 'Swindon Town FC is delighted to announce that it has reached agreement with Paolo di Canio to become the club's new manager.
'Paolo will complete his media commitments in Italy this weekend before flying to the UK on Monday 23rd May 2011 to complete the paperwork and be formally introduced.
'The Board of STFC is committed to returning to League 1 at the earliest opportunity and is confident that Paolo will build a team with a new level of passion, pride and professionalism to ensure that this goal is achieved.'
Di Canio impressed interim chairman Jeremy Wray during talks last week and yesterday said: 'I believe my future will be in England.
'In the next few days something will happen, perhaps in an inferior division.'
Swindon had drawn up a short list, including the former Liverpool midfielder and Leicester City coach Dietmar Hamann and ex-Scotland manager George Burley, but bookmakers suspended betting on Di Canio last night.
He is expected to fill the vacancy left by Paul Hart's sacking and will be given the difficult task of guiding the club to an immediate return to League One.
Swindon have not been afraid to take gambles in the past, having offered platforms to inexperienced managers such as Glenn Hoddle, Steve McMahon and Dennis Wise, but if Di Canio's management style is anything like his conduct as a player, they can expect an eventful season.
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Di Canio was one of eight prospective managers shortlisted and subsequently interviewed last week by interim chairman Jeremy Wray for the Town vacancy, with others believed to include George Burley and Dietmar Hamann.
But the lure of the passionate Rome-bornformer striker has proved too strong and it is understood he accepted the position on Thursday.
A formal announcement is expected aroundmidday on Friday and, with the finer details of the agreement to be ironed out, he will be unveiled early next week.
Di Canio, who was working as a pundit inhis native Italy, has been keen to move into the dugout for some time although many anticipated his managerial bow to possibly be made higher up the football pyramid.
Having played for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan, with whom he won the Serie A title, he moved to Celtic in 1996.
A two-year spell at Sheffield Wednesday followed before a switch to West Ham in 1999 where he enjoyed huge success and lit up the Premier League, remaining idolised by the Upton Park faithful to this day.
He swapped the Hammers for a brief spell with Charlton in 2003 before returning to Rome and spells with Lazio and Cisco Roma.
And he will now take the reins at Swindon, attempting to guide the club back into England's third tier at the first attempt.
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