This weekend Paolo Di Canio made clear his desire to rule with an iron fist at Sunderland; after several of his players were culled from the line-up ahead of the game with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The most note-worthy absentees were Phil Bardsley and Matthew Kilgallon. The defensive duo were shot on camera at a casino after celebrating Arsenal’s win against Wigan Athletic that ensured their safety ahead of the weekend ties. When Di Canio spotted the picture of Bardsley on the floor covered in £50 notes he was incensed and the two now seem on their way out of the exit door.
He has fined up to seven players in the last week for breaches of his strict club discipline but in fact the rules he imposes are not exactly harsh. Players turning up late for meetings and not being assessed by the doctor when they claim illness; these are everyday problems most people do not expect to get away with at a normal nine-to-five job. I know my four-year spell at Waitrose would have been much shorter lived if I was ever (caught) doing any of the above.
Di Canio is therefore preparing a widespread cull of the first team as he intends on bringing in players who are ready to work under his regime with a degree of professionalism and pride for the team they represent.
Well I would like to play scout for a while then Paolo because I have found just the right man for you.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling has had a tremendous season; finishing above the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Bundesliga’s ‘Torjagerkanone’ awarded for the league’s top-scorer after an impressive 25 goals in the league.
He has also previously expressed a desire to play in the Premier League at one point in his career and at 29-years-old that may have to be this summer.
But why is he perfect for Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland?
Well in a recent profile ran by German publication Bild it was pretty clear that this is no party animal.
A keen chef who even wrote a book called ‘Recipes for Success’ he dreams of meeting Jamie Oliver and spends most of his time in the kitchen when not on the playing field.
Rather than downing Jagerbomb’s and drinking from the bottle his favourite drinking dalliance is Spezi; a German soft drink which mixes Cola and Orange Soda.
And late nights? No problem at all because this busy dad usually ends up hitting the hay around seven at night when he is off-duty; music to the ears of Di Canio who cannot stand blurry playing staff.
If Sunderland could find some spare cash they might be able to buy a striker who can actually score goals, unlike Danny Graham, as well as obey the rules while he is at it.
Stefan Kiessling and Paolo Di Canio? It is a match made in heaven.
Would you like to see Kiessling at The Stadium of Light?
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