Sunderland sack Paolo Di Canio after a row with players
Paolo Di Canio is the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season, with the Italian paying the price for a poor start to the campaign and an even worse relationship with his players.
September 23rd, 2013
Di Canio saw his Sunderland team lose 3-0 at West Brom on Saturday, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table, with the former Swindon manager heading towards the visiting supporters after the final whistle to remonstrate with them.
Meanwhile, the players in the dressing room were making a collected decision that Di Canio was not the man to lead them forward, with former Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon having scored for the Baggies after the Italian deemed him surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light.
The Guardian reports that things came to a head at the Sunderland training ground on Sunday morning, where Lee Cattermole apparently telling Di Canio that the squad had lost faith in his controversial methods.
Di Canio reiterated on Saturday evening that he had the backing of owner Ellis Short, although this didn’t stop him losing his position less than six months after succeeding Martin O’Neill and the Italian took charge of just thirteen matches.
“Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening,” read a club statement. “Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough 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.”