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Di Canio Never Up To Sunderland Job

Paolo Di Canio has been sacked as Sunderland manager after a poor start to the Premier League season, but was the jump from League One To Premier League too big?

By on Sep 23, 2013   3422 views   4 comments
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Former West Ham icon Paolo di Canio has been sacked from his post at English Premier League side Sunderland, with the club sitting bottom of England's top division with a solitary point. The Black Cats suffered losses to clubs such as Crystal Palace under the controversial Italian's reign, as they only won two games in the thirteen under his command.

The Italian began his managerial career at English club Swindon Town leading the Robins to promotion to League One. But after the board sold players behind his back, Di Canio, 45, decided to resign from his position at the third division outfit. The former Juventus, Napoli, Lazio and West Ham forward then replaced the sacked Martin O'Neill at the Stadium Of Light.

Sunderland fans were pessimistic at first with the appointment, but his energy and passion soon gave fans hope as the club collected wins at Tyne and Wear rivals Newcastle and also Merseyside club Everton. But a 6-1 loss to Villa, where Belgian forward Christian Benteke fired a hat-trick, brought the fans down to earth.

Since then it has been tough for the uncapped Italian, who arrived at the club surrounded by controversy after pictures of him making fascist symbols got out. Di Canio, never shy of saying what he thinks, told his critics wrong with a couple of fantastic wins, but that was all.

The 2013-14 season started poorly for the side from the North east of England. Despite improved signings such as winger Emmanuele Giaccherini, American Jozy Altidore and Basel's midfielder Cabral, Sunderland failed to find the form that produced the early wins at the end of last season which ultimately kept them up.

After a 3-0 humbling at the hands of Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion, di Canio was quickly removed from his role as manager, the club sitting rock bottom of the Premier League. There was mixed reactions from fans, some saying his signings needed time, others saying that the jump from League One to the Premier League was too big a jump for the charismatic manager.

It remains to be seen who will take the reins at the Stadium Of Light, with managers such as Roberto di Matteo being linked to the job. Whoever gets the job will have a tough task on their hands though, because Sunderland are in a messy place at the present time. But Sunderland have to make the right decision. Di Canio came from a lower league club and despite his energy providing a spark early on, the jump from the third division of English football was ultimately too big for the eccentric Italian.

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Discussion: Di Canio Never Up To Sunderland Job

4 comments have been posted so far.

  • Walter's avatar
    Yeah I agree Pauker, bringing in so many players doesn't help and both clubs would probably have been better trying to fix the players they had, instead of going for mediocre players on massive wages.
  • Jer's avatar
    Same thing happened to Q.P.R. last season with Hughes, so I was kind of surprised when Di Canio brought so many players, knowing the risk. He did do some silly buys, and it cost him dearly (Mannone, who was promised first-team football, but is on the bench in Sunderland).
  • Walter's avatar
    Thanks edu. Yeah apparently there was a player revolt and that he continuously hammered his players about their performance. I do agree with you but I think he was the wrong choice in the first place, with much more experienced PL Managers available.
  • edu1878's avatar
    Great article. I think the decision was based more on the man than the results, as a lot has been said about a player revolt. I do however, think it was a case of bringing too many players into a poor squad,and the team being expected to win.
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