Thursday, 26 September 2013

Di Canio gets sacked - Analysis + Review:

In the past couple of days, Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been officially sacked and lost his job as manager for the EPL side, who are yet to win a game this season and have only won one point out of a possible 15 on offer so far this season.

The Black Cats are sitting firmly at the bottom of the table, and it does not come as a surprise to me aswell as many football fans around the country, because of the Italian's poor player 

management and harsh criticism in the public press.

His arrival on Wearside was controversial at the back end of last season, after he replaced Martin O'Neil after a poor run of results despite claims the coach was doing well under the circumstances and was put under too much pressure to win against big sides with an average squad who under-performed at times during last season's campaign. 

Controversial: Di Canio was appointed as Sunderland manager at the back end of last season.
Di Canio came in but tried to change too many things at once, releasing average players who had a poor attitude as well as selling players who "were not 100% happy to play for the club", for example African midfielder Stephane Sessegnon who completed a £5million pound transfer deadline day switch to West Brom and ironically scored on his debut against his former club.

Sunderland's key midfielder and playmaker Sessegnon joined West Brom for £5m on deadline day. 

Here are Sunderland's most recent results this season:

Sunderland 0 Fulham 1, opening day - not good enough, especially at home on the opening day of a season.

Southampton 1 Sunderland 1, 24th of August - A draw away from home against an average Southampton team, decent result.

Sunderland 4 MK Dons 2, Capital One Cup 2nd Round - Not an exactly surprising win against a weak side in the 2nd round of the League cup, criticism over goals conceded however.

Crystal Palace 3 Sunderland 1, 31st of August - Footballing suicide. You cannot lose 3-1 against a newly-promoted side whoever you are, especially with the performance they showed. Shameful.

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3, 14th of September - You cannot expect them to beat Arsenal, unlucky they played against them straight after the international break with Wenger unleashing his new club-record signing Mesut Ozil on The Black Cats. An exception. 

West Brom 3 Sunderland 0, 21st of September - Embarrassing  Simply embarrassing. Getting comfortably beaten 3-0 away from home against a side that are not exactly special and are on the same level as you, with your former key midfielder scoring against his old side on his debut for his new club. Ouch.

Ouch: Di Canio tells the Sunderland fans to keep their chins up after losing 3-0 to West Brom - in his last game in charge.

The bottom line is Di Canio is now no longer in charge at the helm, and many managerial figures have been tipped to replace him including former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo, who became the first person to win the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea - to be sacked the very next season (under very harsh circumstances it has to be noted)

Sunderland do not have an exactly easy run of fixtures, with Liverpool, both Manchester clubs and the Tyne-Wear derby coming up in the next 6 fixtures for the bottom side. Without a manager, they will be hoping to replace Di Canio quickly but effectively with a good manager who knows what he is doing. Gus Poyet and Roberto Di Matteo are rumoured to be in talks with the Sunderland board over the job position.  

Thanks for reading my latest blog post today, I will be back soon for more footballing content for you guys to enjoy including the Capital One Cup 3rd Round matches that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, and a look towards the weekend's fixtures in both the EPL and many other European leagues.

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