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Shearer Gives His Verdict On Sunderland’s Di Canio Fiasco

8 years ago
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The news last night that the mackems had dispensed with Paolo Di Canio’s services wasn’t the greatest surprise, though it was in terms of the situation he has left behind.

In a move very reminiscent of Newcastle under Shepherd and Hall, Sunderland have given a manager free rein to spend in the summer and then sacked him after only a handful of matches.

Even back in those Newcastle days, we never quite saw as many as 14 new signings in a transfer window and to think of all the money tied up in those newly minted contracts…you have to laugh.

Taking a welcome break from having to comment on the ongoing madness at St.James’ Park, this is what Alan Shearer had to say to the BBC about the situation at Sunderland;

“I’m really amazed, Paolo Di Canio hasn’t changed from the guy he was a year ago.

I assume, maybe naively, that Ellis Short and his people did their homework on Paolo before they hired him.

For them to give him £19m to spend this summer and the power to let players like Sessegnon leave, then 5 games into the season say ‘I’m sorry but what we have seen so far is not good enough and we’re sacking you’, I’m absolutely staggered.

He has not changed, he was like this at Swindon; he had rows with players there, we heard all the rumours about players not liking him.

Surely the guys at Sunderland knew this and asked questions about what he was like?

Not only did they appoint him but also a load of backroom staff, now the owner could say to the new manager, ‘you have to work with the backroom staff that are here already’, this could cost them an absolute fortune!’

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