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Have Sunderland Fans Got More To Worry About Di Canio Than Fascism?

8 years ago
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Predictably most publicity surrounding Sunderland’s latest managerial appointment has surrounded his off the pitch political views.

While their new manager might want to deal in semantics as to what exactly he means by being a self-proclaimed fascist and admirer of Mussolini, he must know exactly what the word conjures up for people in the UK and the fact that vice-chairman David Milliband felt he had to resign, spells it out again for him.

Even if Di Canio now somehow made clear that he was ‘mistaken’ or ‘misunderstood’ he would still be seen as an outrageous appointment by the majority.

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It has also been interesting to see the lack of negative reporting both locally and nationally, there’s little doubt of how it would have been covered if he’d landed at St.James’ Park.

What seems to have been lost in all of the political stuff, is just what a bizarre appointment it is in terms of suitability as a Premiership manager.

I know everybody has to start somewhere but Di Canio has only managed for a year and a half as a manager and that was in League Two and half a League One campaign, with Swindon.

What criteria have the mackems used to appoint their new manager? Certainly their vice-chairman (Milliband) wasn’t consulted and who is making the football decisions?

Questions were raised, unsurprisingly, when Newcastle appointed both Alan Pardew and Joe Kinnear, but both did have top level experience.

It was always going to be some atmosphere at the derby match in two weeks time but this latest managerial appointment can only add to the fireworks.

I’m just glad that on this occasion it isn’t Newcastle United who have stuck their hand in the fire again.

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