Alan Pardew was asked several times to comment on the recent dismissal of Paolo Di Canio, the Sunderland manager, but it was obvious that Al;an didn’t want to say much about it at all, and certainly refused to criticize with Paolo or the Sunderland club, and he showed some real class in doing that.
Paolo Di Canio – sacked on Sunday night
This is what Al;an said about the dismissal of Di Canio:
“The new manager will be a lucky person, because the warmth of the place binds you straightaway to the club.: “I have actually been a guest at Sunderland as a manager and treated very well, though not quite as well by the fans!”
“But that is the rivalry there is between two massive clubs. They are going to collide in three or four weeks and the new manager will have a springboard to his career if he wins… or the opposite.” “This will be my fourth Sunderland manager that I have gone against – and I have only been here three and a half years.”
“I am not gloating in any shape or form by the way. I am just saying it is a fact that it’s a tough job up here – for Sunderland and Newcastle.” “But if the new manager can get that place moving, it’s a great club.”
There’s a little bit of class from Alan, and of course he;s absolutely right not to offer much comment on what’s happening down the road, but as Alan says when we meet Sunderland, it will be the fourth manager at Sunderland he;s gone up against.
The favorite for the job seems to be Roberto Di Mateo, although former Brighton boss Gus Poyet is also well fancied.
The ,American owner Ellis Short might have some convincing to do to get Di Mateo, but Poyet would jump at the chance to manage in the Premier League..
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