Sunderland have just one draw from their first five league games, and have wasted no time in sacking Paolo Di Canio tonight, after his strange encounter with Sunderland fans following the defeat at West Brom on Saturday, and the Sunderland manager becomes the first Premier League manager sacked this season.
Paolo Di Canio – sacked by Sunderland
This is the statement issued by Sunderland tonight:
“Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.”
“Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future.”
Di Canio wasn’t even in the job six months, after he was signed on March 31st replacing the fired Martin O’Neill.
So when we meet Sunderland next month, there will be a new manager at the Stadium of Light, but we’ll not miss the stupid antics of Paolo on the touchline at St. James Park last April, when they beat us 3-0 – he was simply embarrassing.
And the sacking of the former Swindon manager has demonstrated clearly why it’s folly to keep changing managers, as Newcastle used to do.
The Italian brought in a boat load of new players over the summer, at some expense to the club, and most of them have no experience of the Premier League, and it always takes time for them to settle in, and for the manager to get his tactics across to the players.
So bringing so many players in and completely changing the makeup of the team was always a huge risk.
Whoever the new manager is will need to work with these players until January rolls around, but you can bet your life that some of the players will now be surplus to requirements, so new players will come in and some will be sold.
It creates unrest and instability, and it’s hard to build a good side, when the players keep changing because the managers come and go.
Sunderland are looking like the Newcastle of old, with three managers in the last two years, and soon to be a fourth, since they sacked Steve Bruce in November of 2011 and brought in Martin O’Neill.
What are the odds that Roberto Di Matteo is now brought in?
And the new manager will be the fourth Alan Pardew has gone up against at Sunderland, since Pardew signed on at Newcastle in December of 2010.
What do you think?
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