Sunderland Waste No Time – Sack Di Canio After Six Months

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.

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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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30 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Rubbish club in a rubbish area with rubbish fans could end up with a decent manager……. still, funny as hell

  • toonluvva

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I expected the owner to give him until at least the Newcastle game.

    Had the mackems beaten us at SoL then he would have earned a stay of execution until December was my guess. Well that has been blown out of the window.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the new guy can work with PDC’s summer signings.

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah no one knows how good these players are

    Would not be surprised if Di Matteo gets the job

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #4

    What manager is gunna want to go there now ? . 14 new players in with no time to work with them and an awful run in to boot.

  • lesh

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Kinnear’s still looking for an assistant after he couldn’t get Harford?

    Mmmm, imagine, the dream tickiet -‘Knnear and Di Canio?

    Worryingly, Kinnear’s probably been on the phone!

  • toonking

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #6

    GT I will tell you why the neggers are not liked by many. they are so selfish and don’t accept when things go wrong or when they are proved wrong.

    when we had a very decent defensive FB called danny simpson their was so much negativity wanting him out as he didn’t do what they wanted (attacking). they heard about debuchy and decided right away he was the right type.

    so the fact is these guyes get what they wanted by selling simmo and bringing in an attacking FB so should be happy but no they winging simply because he is weak defensively.

    the simple difference between the amount who are too negative and the number who are too positive is that their is only 1 who is too positive and he is kets. yet their is masses of overly negative bloggers.


    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Quiet sniggering lads

  • stuart no9

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #8

    someone needs to get into contact with the sunderland owners and tell them they neednot look far for a replacement. about 15 miles ,

  • MacToon

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Loud laughing here 😆
    Kevin Ball might do a good job there.

  • Mark

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #10


  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #11

    So nice to see Man U get turned over. This could be the beginning of their slump and my bet coming off 😉 .

    Imagine if the City owners had bought us instead ? . Well maybe in some parallell universe they did and we are winning trophys every year 🙂 .

  • Toon Tang

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #12

    this is the last thing we wanted really.

    they will get a new lad in who will reinvigorate them and maybe get em playing. dicannio was doing a fine job of ruining them


    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #13

    U heartless so and so

  • Mark

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Aw if Newcastle hadn’t lost yesterday, this would’ve been a bloody good weekend!! Man Utd losing and Di Canio sacked!
    Although I’m slightly worried as to who they’ll bring in now. Know your enemy ya know?

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Obviously they should have sacked him after he barely kept them up. Lunacy the way he tore apart a reasonable squad and replaced them largely with unproven players in this league. I’ll be surprised if he works in football again……..actually I won’t, but he probably shouldn’t.

    They do still have some decent players though, Giacherrini, Fletcher and Campbell uppermost among them. A better manager might get them playing well and it well have been better for us had they held onto him a bit longer.

  • valle

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #16

    What strange encounter was it that he had with the fans?

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Counter re-post for toonking:
    I’m convinced we have a very good owner if you don’t take into account the lying, the penny pinching, the horrendous hiring record, the excessive yacht drinking, the bad breath, the body odour, and the possible foot odour. Other than that he must be right up there in the top 20 owners in the Prem. Possibly 19th. Or 20th.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Also second counter re-post for toonking:
    Very interesting post @174 toonking. I think I’ve laid out my overview of our ownership situation nicely @17. Kets is in a category all by himself but it’s not the too optimistic category. It involves rubber walls and very tight jackets that tie at the back.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Correction – Giacherrini, Fletcher and Johnson.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Again very astute jimmysmith @15.

  • NUFCarter

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #21

    Sunderland players must be relieved. Night out for them tonight!

    Peter Reid to return?? Haha and finish on 1 point

  • NUFCarter

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #22

    I reckon it would be di matteo or even trappatoni. I have a feeling he Italian

  • toonaids

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #23

    to be honest it has to di matteo that manages them, only half decent affordable manager, and no one has offered him a job because to be fair, he fluked the champions league and has this resume that boasts that but never inn a million years wil he get to that level again.

  • NUFCarter

    Sep 22, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #24

    Di canios career in football is over. A club has to be really desperate to have him

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #25

    Maybe Di Canio can get a job as a player again 🙂 , he was half decent in Harpers testimonial after all 😉 .

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Sep 22, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Stuart no9

    I’ve never said that I don’t think time4change has the chance to do something good, in fact I’ve made it clear from what little they have said, that I think they seem to have the right idea. People should really pay more attention to what I’m saying if they want to judge my views rather than judge them on posts by idiots who don’t bother to read my posts themselves.

    Demanding for Ashley to leave is pretty pointless, demanding an owner to take us to the next level is something else.

  • daztoon

    Sep 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #27

    Spurs have spent well and look a more complete side while we again just stand still

  • MacToon

    Sep 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Oh the irony 😆

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder what Bardsleys opinion is

  • jackson0022

    Sep 23, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Quick…release Kinnear to be their manager!


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