~~ Can’t imagine there’s was anyone that was surprised by the news that Paolo Di Canio was sacked by Sunderland, especially after his ‘confrontation with the traveling supporters’ following their 0 – 3 away loss at West Brom and the fact the club is sitting in last place with a 0 – 4 – 1 start :: 3 goals for and 11 goals conceded…. But it was the timing of it that caught most people off guard based on the simple fact that he was responsible for bringing in 14 players this past summer Transfer Window.
I’m pretty sure Ian Darke said it best Twitter ::
Sunderland fire Di Canio. In truth it was a wild panic appointment in the first place. Predictable that it ends in tears.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) September 22, 2013
Speaking of the ‘Panic Appointment’….. Probably wasn’t the ideal situation for Sunderland when you just name a new head coach and he’s foced to publicly confront his past association with Facism and Political Views….
Now the question for #USMNT fans is :: What, if anything happens to Jozy Altidore and his standing with the club after joining the club late in the Transfer Window?
I’ve seen and been a part of something like this with Former Italian National Team legend Walter Zenga in MLS with the New England Revolution. And while Walter’s personal political beliefs were never an issue, his personality and temperament were on the same level with Di Canio. Dude was your biggest fan and your worst enemy in a matter of seconds. It had to be HIS way… And you better watch out if you weren’t on the same page.
What made it even more interesting in NE was the fact that Zenga was my goalie first, then named my coach a season later. And because he was new to the coaching realm and results weren’t going for him, the emotions would get the best of him and are eerily similar to what we’ve seen with Di Canio.
Is it a relief for the players inside the Sunderland locker room? Absolutely. Especially after he decided to clamp down on cell phone use and wanted a direct say on what their diets consisted of. Was he destined to fail in the Premier League at Sunderland and having limited success at Swindon Town? Probably. Especially when results started going the wrong way.
Expect to see a much different Sunderland side over the next couple of games as the players will be relieved and motivated to prove that it was Di Canio responsible for the results and not themselves. And it won’t be easy with games at home against Liverpool, Manchester United, @ Swansea City and home against Newcastle.