Subscribe To Win

Sign up to our mailing list to receive exclusive offers

Latest News

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 21:50

Sunderland sack Paolo Di Canio

Rate this item
(1 Vote)

Sunderland have asked Paolo Di Canio to relinquish his position as Head Coach after thirteen games in charge, winning only three of these since joining the club in March 2013.

The Board has taken this decision after a poor start to the new season, four defeats out of five games, leaving them bottom of the English Premier League with one point. Online sports betting operators will now be focusing on his replacement, with Di Matteo and Gus Poyet already favourites to be offered the role.

The 45 year old had only got them through a relegation battle at the end of last season and seemed to on a winner with a famous 3-0 win against Newcastle United in his second game as Head Coach. However, after a spending spree of £20 million acquiring players like striker Jozy Altidore, Giaccherini and goalkeeper Mannone, he has failed to win over the supporters and players to his way of playing and management style.

The latest news is that players approached the CEO, Margaret Byrne to voice complaints about Di Canio’s behaviour towards them and style of management. In particular, senior players were unforgiving in the manner in which the Italian would publicly embarrass the squad and invoke petty bans on things like ice in Coca Cola and no tomato ketchup and mayonnaise! The latest outburst from the manager was after their defeat against West Brom, and it seems that defeat, the Black Cats supporters throwing abuse at the Paolo and players whispering the ear of the CEO have all contributed to his abrupt exit along with his backroom staff.

There has been the usual outcries of yet another manager not given enough time to make his mark, but it would seem quite clear that Di Canio’s character and man management is not all that suited to the club and/or the Premier League. Sunderland has become something of a poison chalice with the club sacking no less than five managers in less than five years, but at least in this case, the Board have decided to make the change sooner rather than later and this will hopefully give the new manager enough time to improve the squad’s performance and fortune.