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At 8.30am on 13 July, the colliery bands of Durham began their march towards the city's market place. The miners' banners went with them, signposts to the past, a visible display of pride in the region's history. From there followed a slow march towards the County Hotel on Old Elvet. The bands played, the march went on to the racecourse, and the banners were strapped to the surrounding fences.

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<b>Roberto Di Matteo</b><br/>
Immediately installed as the favourite to replace Di Canio. Started his managerial career at Milton Keynes Dons before joining West Brom, whom he led to promotion to the Premier League. However, he was harshly dismissed in February 2011. Was given an opportunity to work as Andre Villas-Boas' assistant at Chelsea - which saw him made caretaker following the Portuguese manager's dismissal. Di Matteo would end up leading the Blues to an FA Cup and Champions League double. That saw him given the job on a permanent basis, but all too predictably, he was fired five months later. That he is another Italian may be viewed as a bonus if Sunderland plan to keep on Di Canio's backroom staff.

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A new manager is required at the Stadium of Light

<b>Roberto Di Matteo</b><br/>
Immediately installed as the favourite to replace Di Canio. Started his managerial career at Milton Keynes Dons before joining West Brom, whom he led to promotion to the Premier League. However, he was harshly dismissed in February 2011. Was given an opportunity to work as Andre Villas-Boas' assistant at Chelsea - which saw him made caretaker following the Portuguese manager's dismissal. Di Matteo would end up leading the Blues to an FA Cup and Champions League double. That saw him given the job on a permanent basis, but all too predictably, he was fired five months later. That he is another Italian may be viewed as a bonus if Sunderland plan to keep on Di Canio's backroom staff.
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