QPR manager Harry Redknapp insists the enthusiasm of "off the wall" Paolo Di Canio could inspire relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Redknapp worked with former Swindon boss Di Canio, who replaced Martin O'Neill last weekend, when the Italian was at West Ham between 1999 and 2001 and was impressed by his energy.
"Paolo's off the wall. He's volatile but enthusiastic and you want enthusiastic people around you in life," he said.
"He's up for it and loves it when he wins. Hopefully from his point of view it will rub off on the players. They'll become more enthusiastic and the crowd will get involved.
"He's a great trainer and is super fit. I heard the new manager of Swindon said he can't believe how fit the players are....he can't believe he has taken over a squad that is so fit. I can believe that with Paolo."
Since his appointment last weekend Di Canio has been forced to distance himself from comments he made in the past in which he described himself as a fascist. Redknapp was unaware of his political views.
"I'd be a liar if I could sit here and tell you that I knew what a fascist was," he said.
"I'm sorry, I'm not educated enough so I couldn't tell you what their beliefs are.
"I don't know what Paolo's beliefs are, he's not a racist, that's for sure and is important.
"I've never discussed anything like that with him. I honestly didn't know that he had views that were different.
"No one did until he went to Sunderland, it seems! It's all come out now though.
"Where was all this talk when he was at Swindon? Why's it suddenly come out now he's gone to Sunderland?
"Why didn't someone write about it when he was at Swindon if it's upsetting everyone? It didn't make the papers when he was at Swindon."