Two eye-catching parts of Paulo Di Canio's interview with Sky Sports was that he banned players from eating condiments…
Former Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio did several eye-opening things during his time as a Sunderland manager.
His knee sliding goal celebrations, his way of communicating with the travelling fans after a defeat, and his all-round entertainment.
His demise came about because of certain sections of the players in the dressing room not being happy with the Italian’s management style.
One of the things he did off the field was ban his players from using ketchup and mayonnaise with their meals, which he said wasn’t a popular step as he tried to make his Sunderland side fitter.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I did ban ketchup and mayonnaise because the players have too much of it and it is not healthy. It is not professional in a top club in one of the top leagues in the world. I saw people put ketchup in their pockets trying to smuggle it in! It was crazy.
‘I had players who told me they had cramps from driving the car. I had three players with injuries in the calf after 20 minutes of a game. Six different players with problems means they were not fit.’
Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos adopted a similar policy when he was at White Hart Lane which included replacing water with fruit juice. This resulted in midfielder Tom Huddlestone losing weight – but his reign was fairly short lived before he was replaced by Harry Redknapp.
But after his antics at Sunderland, will we see Di Canio managing in England again in the near future? It seems to be a priority for the Italian to try and find work in this country even if he does have offers from abroad, and is prepared to talk to the clubs in the Championship.
‘Even if I have four requests around Europe, I don’t go. I will wait until the time in England when there is no more space for me. Otherwise, I wait.
‘I am not a magic man that can predict the future. It would be stupid for some chairmen if they don’t call me. I hope, yes, but there is no guarantee.’
Some would suggest it would be stupid for some chairmen if they did call Di Canio – though it is little surprise that he has given an interview to hit back at some of his critics from both in and outside of the club.
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