Does anyone actually want the Sunderland job?
Paolo Di Canio has been sacked as manager of Sunderland, although it doesn’t appear as though the candidates are queuing up to replace the Italian.
September 24th, 2013
Di Canio was forced out of his position by the playing staff following a run of poor results and confrontations, with owner Ellis Short now looking for someone to quickly turn results around and ensure that the Black Cats remain a top flight property.
While plenty of punters have been backing Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet for the vacant position, the question is whether either man will want to take charge of a club at the foot of the top flight and with several players that were signed by Di Canio.
The Guardian reports that Di Matteo and Poyet are both likely to spurn any approach from Sunderland, with Steve McClaren potentially the man to leave QPR in his coaching role and take the helm at the Wearside club.
Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has criticised the management techniques of Di Canio claiming that you can no longer rule by fear in the Premier League, something which the Italian attempted to do.
“You cannot manage in the Premier League these days through a fear factor. You have got to be able to manage individuals,” said the Hull City boss.
“Man management has become more relevant in my experience than coaching. Once you get yourself in the Premier League, they are all good players and you have got to find a way of getting the best out of them. It’s never been my style to criticise anyone in public but I’m disappointed for Paolo. He’s a character. A manager’s lost his job. It’s a lonely place. I feel sorry for any manager in that position. I’ve gone through it and it’s not nice.”