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New Sunderland Manager A Good Appointment – Short Term

4:13 pm, Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 83 Comments

It was a surprise when Paolo De Canio was appointed as the new Sunderland manager yesterday – but there again it was a surprise when Martin O’Neill was fired on Saturday night – and it seems the club already had Paolo lined up after he resigned his position at Swindon Town in mid February, over what he called broken promises.

paolo Di Canio

Paolo De Canio – new Sunderland manager

Di Paolo had Swindon promoted from League Two last season when they won the league, and it was the Italian’s first full season in charge – and when he resigned his position in February, Swindon were well positioned in League One, and at the moment are in a play-off position in 5th place.

When Martin O’Neill signed on at Sunderland in early December of 2011 replacing Geordie Steve Bruce – we thought in a couple of season he could have Sunderland in the top six in the league,  a scary thought, but consistent with the success he had at Celtic and Aston Villa over the previous eleven years.

And even before Celtic, Martin had done very well at Leicester City, and won the Football League Cup in 1997 and 2000 and City were beaten finalists in 1999.

martin o'neill time ruunning out

Time finally ran out for Martin O’Neill

So it’s a real surprise that Martin couldn’t do better at the Black Cats, and it’s his first real failure in management, and that after making a great start with a run of seven wins in his first 10 league games as manager at the Stadium of Light.

But maybe Martin’s demise was that he didn’t have his right hand man, John Robertson at his side at Sunderland, and previously the duo had enjoyed great success together.

The top candidates for the job on Sunday were thought to be Roberto Di Matteo and Martin Hughes,  but American owner Ellis Short plumped surprisingly for Di Canio – and the Italian has ensured Sunderland fans he will put fire in the bellies of the Sunderland players.

And we think he will do just that, and it makes the Newcastle – Sunderland derby a week on Sunday look a more difficult game for Newcastle.

We think Paolo will have a positive influence on the Sunderland side and they will avoid relegation,  but his appointment at the Stadium of Light has already been surrounded by controversy with politician David Milibrand, a Jew and Vice Chairman of Sunderland resigning because of some racial comments previously attributed to Di Canio.

And Di Canio proclaimed back in 2005 that he was a Fascist, but not a racist.

Paolo was surrounded by controversy while at Swindon for heavens sake – so we think the controversy will continue at Sunderland, and at some time in the next couple of years – if not sooner – he will leave the club – probably by abruptly resigning – as he did at Swindon.

It’s a high profile job at Sunderland and we wonder if Di Canio has the stability of personality to stay in the job for anything longer than say a couple of years – if that.

What do you think?

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83 responses so far ↓

  • 1 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    di canio did state and i quote “The right place for me is the place that has the ambition and the staff who want to bring in a winning mentality,” he said.
    “The club needs to have set rules, which for me are discipline, desire, passion, work ethic and a determination to get the right results to make everybody happy, which are the board, the fans and the club’s players and staff.”

    so maybe perfomances might improve but on how di canio will carry himself infront of the media i do not know…

  • 2 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    gamiero has 7 million euros tag on his head

  • 3 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I think it’s great for Paolo that he will get to manage in the Championship. Good luck to him getting promoted…

  • 4 ajcrawfs // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Anyone slightly worried about the derby after di canios appointment?

    He will certainly get the passions flaring on the day!

  • 5 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    i know derby day will be interesting….

  • 6 Spahndirge // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    On Elliott vs Krul, I personally think Krul is a much better keeper even tho Elliott has been alright.

    I dont think Elliotts distribution has been that much better than Kruls, except the obvious exceptions like the throw to Sissoko and the assist to Cisse (which could have been ruled out due to Jonas “foul”).
    In open play my heart stops just as much when Elliott is kicking as when Krul is.

    Looking at Silvas goal this weekend as an other example, that is a goal that Elliott will never stop, but Krul might stop it a fair number of times imo.

  • 7 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    Gamiero – now that would be a good buy… what age is he?
    Di Canio headlines and so on have to STOP Ed… as of Tomo no more mention… he is a nasty, fascist tv-joke of a manager.. probably sponsored by Sky Italia and its Fascist-leaning ways…

  • 8 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    gamiero is 25

  • 9 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Not sure if Gameiro is the solution to our problems but he certainly more mature alternative to Campbell. We already bought Gouffran and they are similar.

  • 10 toonskull // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    who cares aboot the trampy mackems ?

  • 11 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    i think gouffran was bought to play out wide and only play in the middle from time time. i think pards and co did not see goufran as a soild starter upfront as they might see the person to compete with cisse is gamiero

  • 12 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    i think pards fancies to see carroll and cisse upfront next season…

  • 13 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Oh, Musso-li-ni,
    You are the love of their life,
    Oh Musso-li-ni
    They gave O’Neill the knife,
    Oh Musso-li-ni,
    And he’s got less hair toooooo…

    OK a bit of smoothing at the edges but you get the idea…

    Hey NUFC786! You back to hone your blog killing powers? 🙂

  • 14 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    @12 – He is you know… I can see big Andy in the Toon by July… easy 8-10 million… if we cant bag PEA first… I think Arsene Wenger might have something to do with that…

  • 15 arpeco19 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Why is a story about the Mackems on a nufc blog page? Who cares!!!

  • 16 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    He has defo talked up Carroll alot.I`d take him as a sub to change the game up if needed.Rather see a Remy type as first choice though

  • 17 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    as always

  • 18 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    We have been going after tall players with a sense for the goal – Remy, De Jong etc. And we have Campbell and Gouffran as the small forward type. I see Gameiro as a player we will go for if we can’t get anyone of the bigger and stronger players.

  • 19 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    I rather have us push Gouffran in the middle and sign a winger like Mertens than buy Gamerio and keep Gouffran as winger.

  • 20 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    ichrisho and daztoon

    pards always admired carroll when he first came to the club… you are right
    but im not sure liverpool will let us have him unless its 15-20 mill in which we can buy much better players around the globe

  • 21 daztoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I`d take a punt on shane long a good team player

  • 22 nufc786 // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    gutierrezz works hard defensively but doesnt have much to offer on the wings

    marveaux is more of a cam

    obertan…. my confidence that this lad has a future with us is dwindling….

    we need a winger that can get get to the byline and have a decent cross on him

  • 23 Toon-Prodigy // Apr 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Di Canio is certaintly talking a good job..

    Reckons he would confidently bet everything he has on Sunderland staying up with the energy that he brings.

    Haha, such a character isnt he..

    Football needs more entertaining folk like him and Ian Hollaway

  • 24 Tsunki // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    The derby will be a bit of a strange do, what with the Italian maestro and all his kerfuffles and shenanigans, not to mention how-do-you-do’s and whatnot. I think he’ll be first to get sent off.

  • 25 Stu-Prudhoe // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    SAZZER –
    I would snap Dries Mertens up as quick as out. He is great and also scores a few goals, I believe 12 this season. Hi to play left side, But I would big a striker aswell. I think AML(mertens) a striker (PEA) and a cb (Mirin or Sakho) would be a successful transfer window. Then add maybe 4 or 5 young players in the Bigi type of signing and that would be great.

  • 26 ichrisho // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    I think that DiCanio will pump them up so much – something mental has to happen… 🙂 3 red cards I am calling it…

    Carroll will defo be allowed to move but his gay-pal Nolan will have him sleeping over for a few more years down south especially with the new stadium… I just miss those headers like the one at the weekend… and remember we havent scored now in 840 mins with a corner… thats nearly as much time as Carroll has been gone!!!! 🙂

  • 27 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Sounds good to me.

  • 28 toonaids // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    i cant wait to see the di canio pardew push off, poor officials on the derby day, wont know what hit them haha!!!!

  • 29 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Yeah, Di Canio is crazy appointment. Will it be really bad or really good? It can go either way. I think it’s good for us since he will likely push for more open football and that fit us better.

  • 30 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    It can mean trouble if he manage to keep them up and sign bunch of Italian bargains in the summer. Like Laudrup did with Swansea.

  • 31 Sazzer // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Bardsley, Mcclean and Cattermole

  • 32 MacToon // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Tsunki at 24, I’d put my money on that too. Shall certainly be an interesting derby and he/they will get dog’s abuse for 90+ mins plus a drubbing with luck.

  • 33 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Di Canio holding a shirt with invest in Africa written accross it when at the same time he has Musolini’s name tattooed somewhere on his body, a facist who treated Africans as sub-humans. Bizarre to say the least.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Amazing the people slagging Di Matteo. He got MK dons and West Brom promoted and had one dodgy second season (sound familiar?) first season back in the EPL with WBA

    No way on earth is he as negative as Pardew and in all honesty could you really see Pardew winning the FA cup and winning the CL thus qualifying for the next season’s competition all within less than 5 months.

    Can you see Pardew winning anything period? Whatever he says he clearly is NOT a winner.

    Di Matteo achieved it all in the space of 5 months!!
    If we had anyone do anything close to what Di Matteo achieved he’d have the freedom of the city. Yes he went negative for the CL run but it’s not every match like Pardew give him a break.

    Di Matteo is young knows the EPL, recently played here, has great contacts and generally plays football. I’d be happy for our own Italian.

  • 35 lesh // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Let’s hope that the hand grenade he throws among his players might just kill any team spirit that was there.

    I like the irony of De Canio’s appointment and his adoration of Benito Mussolini and all he stood for along with the ‘Invest in Africa’ logo on the Sunderland shirts.

    I wonder if he’s aiming to arrange pre season friendlies in Ethiopa and Libya and possibly Albania and Greece on the way back?

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    The way pardew has us playing, I’d take Di canio in a heartbeat

  • 37 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I for one hate looking at Di Canio’s face. Would love to give him an open handed slap 🙂

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:45 PM


    and before people say benny will be off, they actually get on fine

  • 39 Peter // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Why do Mackem managers always a big ears. Monkey heed :p

  • 40 Grafton83 // Apr 2, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Rotanda, a million times yes to Blanc if we could get him. Only one big problem though, would he be able to work with MA and DL.

    Certainly wouldn’t want Di Matteo, he couldn’t get a squad worth Billions playing well this year

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Reading back through a few of today’s posts and there are a few saying that this seasons aim was top ten/eight,if Brenda Rogers manages fifth this year and then announces next season then the goal is to finish in the top half he would probably get the bullet,the reason Parade didn’t is because thats what he was told to say.

  • 42 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM


    Sports direct are rolling out their stores big time in France so a French manager would be in Ashley’s interests. Just seems a no brainer.

    Blanc’s available, played in the EPL, has a phenomenal record at club and country level. Only blip was at the euros.

  • 43 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Di Canio walks out of first interview after being grilled over his fascist views

  • 44 Rotonda heights // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM


    just shows how spineless he is

  • 45 yo-yo // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:12 PM


    Anyone suggesting we’ve missed a trick with Di Canio and that Di Matteo is a serious upgrade on Pardew is

    Di-lusional 🙂

  • 46 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Rudi Garcia would be a good appointment for us

  • 47 ginola_tonic // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    I’ve got this gut feeling we are going to go down again. Really hope I’m wrong but can’t see us winning games. Only drawing or losing them.

    And for the EL I can see us winning it by luck somehow and going down 🙁

  • 48 toonbrother // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    What a stupid post. How is the appointment of a fascist as manager of major football team in anyway good. You think a man who openly and unapologetically declared love for mussolini does not bear antisemitic sentiments? Its amazing to me how people have no problem with prejudice unless it affects them directly and or personally.

  • 49 ginola_tonic // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Laura blanc will do.

  • 50 ginola_tonic // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Joey Barton at it again

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Gin and tonic,
    Is there a connection between your user name and depressing post.

  • 52 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    What Mr. Barton need to realise is that when he walks away from the game he will not be missed or even remembered for footballing reason and the sooner that happens the better

  • 53 Big Pappa Cissé // Apr 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Beckham starting. How much of a publicity stunt is that I wonder ? 🙂

  • 54 mot7 // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    At least barton says what he thinks rather than the normal bull players come out with.
    like kissing the badge and telling the media how good the fans were .
    And as limited as a player he is many times this season we could have done with his fight

  • 55 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Bonsoir messieurs.

    So the scums just signed… a scum? For Di Canio is really one.

    I hardly understand how this guy is still working in football…

  • 56 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Outside of that, i’m watching PSG-Barca.

  • 57 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Never seen such an ugly shirt…

  • 58 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:20 PM


    Di Canio’s position in football is indicative of how shameless football is today unfortunately.

    And yeah I agree Barca’s kit is hideous

  • 59 martoon // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Bonsoir Niafron – an entertaining match – any news on Toon targets from France?

  • 60 yo-yo // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    niafron @ 55

    There are a good few of the anti Pardew brigade would be happy to have seen him here 🙁

    A scum for the scum…… nice one !

    Orrible Barca shirts agreed !

  • 61 mot7 // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Anyone ever seen our rb danny simpson play a pass like alves just did

  • 62 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    No news from France.

    In fact, it’s me who will ask you some news.

    What about Beny?

  • 63 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    HBA may be back before the end of the season, personally I’d rather see him left out and make sure he’s ready for pre season. We’ve brought him back too early twice already, let the boy get 100% right

  • 64 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Well, Di canio did not make only “verbal” abuses. I guess no one forgott this pic:

    For the next derby, i suggest all our fans to come to the stadium with this pic.

  • 65 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:38 PM


    Yes, i read Pard’s statement, but nothing more?

  • 66 yo-yo // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Benny situation has made a few of us wonder if there is either a problem with our medicos or whether Clarefontaine is as good as its supposed to be – he came back with a bit of extra weight and wasn’t match ready healing wise either.
    Maybe his injury is just one that is defying proper diagnosis and treatment. No point rushing him back

  • 67 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:47 PM


    At this point thats all anyone knows.

    I’m still scratching my head as to why he was brought back in sub-zero temperature’s to play on a plastic pitch???

  • 68 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Well, Clairefontaine is (in theory) the top french football center.

    Cause it don’t belong to a club, this is a state center wich concentrate the best talents of France’s football.

    So they are suposed to be efficient in any matter.

    One more time, in theory.

    But i never heard any story challenging their medical’s skills. I never searched one however…

  • 69 JackButler // Apr 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I think the issue is with our own medical staff and the players conditioning. We lose so many players to muscle pull/strains and it’s gone on for years and no doubt will continue next season and after

  • 70 mot7 // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    No matter what the medical staff say benny had the final say as to wether he felt ready to play .
    As much as i think it was wrong to play him on the plastic pitch he must have told the manager and medical staff he was ready.

  • 71 yo-yo // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Anybody notice in the injury league Gooners come out pretty high last few years too – or is that mostly down to RVP ?

  • 72 mot7 // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Think its got more to do will a lot of overseas players not exactly playing through the pain barrier .
    Then traveling home for a few weeks in the sun

  • 73 hdavid23 // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    if we really want a new manager… Heynckes anyone?

  • 74 niafron // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Got to go lads.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

  • 75 TorqToon // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Remember when we nearly signed Blaize Matuidi???

    How different things could’ve been!! 🙂

    Ssissoko is better mind you.

  • 76 TorqToon // Apr 2, 2013 at 9:43 PM


  • 77 Mister Tuff // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Watch Benfica v Newcastle from 7.30pm on ITV4

  • 78 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Is the game tomorrow?

  • 79 Mister Tuff // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Jesper -it’s Thursday night.

  • 80 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:16 PM


  • 81 TimKrulFan // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Saw people saying Elliott instead of krul please remember last season .

  • 82 t00ntime // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Tbf to barton i think his tweets about neymar and thiago silva are just said in jest and to wind people up. Which they do really well. Its a bit of banter and silva is giving it back. Never understood why newspapers take what he tweets so seriously. 90% of them are just said in jest and 1000s of people start shouting abuse at him (even stuff he has nothing to do with like his brother been a killer). Aw well i personally like joey barton. He didnt want to leave us, so i have no problem with him. (tho he can be a bit abusive but whatever)

  • 83 t00ntime // Apr 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    cant wait for the match! its actually on dutch TV (which is pretty much a first for our EL games) hopefully we dont play sh1t.

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