After an abysmal showing against West Brom ... has the novelty worn off on the mercurial Italian.
What a woeful day to be a Sunderland supporter. If losing to West Brom was not bad enough the manner of the defeat was certainly an exercise in wound-salt-rubbing. 3-0 without as much as a whimper from The Black Cats in response - the fact a player they flogged to The Baggies on deadline day opened the scoring didn’t help.
Stephane Sessegnon made his debut for WBA today after he was given his work permit by the Home Office - and the Benin international started off the rout.
The fact the forward has been probably Sunderland’s best player for the past two seasons, and a firm fan favourite, did not seem to matter to Di Canio - for who the last straw was a drink drive charge for the player at the end of last month.
Did we also mention that main goal-threat Steven Fletcher might have dislocated his shoulder in the game?
Yeah, that is a bad day at the office.
Di Canio has been running his gums post game, but the novelty of the former West Ham player has quite frankly worn off … and what is left is not a pretty sight.
Look, on one hand a manager who takes these pampered footballers into hand is a good thing - but it just doesn’t work anymore. Coming out and publicly declaring that this guy was crap and this guy thinks he is the dog’s bollocks got him in the shitter at Swindon Town - who couldn’t see this coming at a Premier League club?
The players Di Canio has brought in seem sub-standard, and in terms of team cohesion these guys look like they have never played together before - which is apt, because they barely have.
The fact remains that Di Canio did wonders for Swindon when they were spending money that nobody else at that level could contemplate spending.
When the banks wanted their debts repaid and the shit hit the fan, Di Canio ran and somehow got a Premier League job.
As soon as the shine of the appointment lost its glisten the fact was always going to remain, that Di Canio is not a good enough or experienced enough manager at this level - and with the way he treats his players he never will be.
If I was a betting man, I would have no doubts after today that Paolo Di Canio would be on my betting slip for the first man to be out of a job in the Premier League this season.
For me the real question is not if, but when we will be saying goodbye to Paolo … because for Sunderland fans, the sooner the better.
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