After just seven months in charge, Paolo di Canio, has been sacked as manager of English Premier League club Sunderland on Sunday.
Sunderland has not been doing well this this season. They have accumulated a dismal one point out of their first five games this season and felt defeated after losing 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion.
After losing to West Bromwich, Di Canio criticized his players and stripped midfielder, Lee Cattermole, of his captaincy. The squad is believed to have told him they have” lost faith in his controversial methods” and a few players refuse to play under the fiery Italian manager.
When Ellis Short, Sunderland’s owner, heard about the commotion he decided that Di Canio’s time as manager was up.
“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,” the statement said.
Rumour has it that a few managers are keen to manage Sunderland and are willing to help Sunderland from being relegated. Di Matteo, a former West Bromwhich Albion and Chelsea manager and Gus Poyet who was recently in charge of Brighton, are among the favourites. There is also Robert Mancini a former Manchester City manager who is not assigned to a team and has expressed interest in the job but would probably be beyond Sunderland’s budget at the moment.
Sunderland is a team with great potential and I am sure they will be great competitors in the near future. With a decent manager they will go far.