“My opportunity to manage Sunderland is there,” said Poyet, who was sacked by Brighton and Hove Albion at the end of last season following a four year stint at the club. “I’m waiting. Nervously.
“Since the start of the season, I’ve dedicated myself to watching the games of teams that might call me if things weren’t going too well.”
But the Uruguayan will have to personally convince Sunderland owner Ellis Short, who wants to check on his character before confirming the appointment.
The Black Cats director of football Roberto De Fanti is in favour of Poyet joining the club and has reportedly advised Short to make the appointment.
Di Canio was sacked on Sunday after just 13 games in charge of the club, with just three wins to his name, after senior players went to club CEO Margaret Byrne with complaints about the Italian.