F ans who were singing yesterday about Paolo Di Canio’s imminent sacking were correct. It’s official.

http://www.safc.com/news/club-news/2013/september/club-statement

Jake asks the question  which the club have now answered

Jake asks the question which the club have now answered

This is what the SAFC statement said on Sunday night:

Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening.

Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United 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.


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13 Responses to “Goodbye Paolo: SAFC announces the parting of the ways” Subscribe

  1. Matt F September 22, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Dreading the imminent hatchet job that a certain former NUFC striker is about to give on MOTD2 but despite only 5 games in, there was a sense of inevitability about it….

  2. vince September 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    He had to go,simple.

  3. William C September 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    When a decision is inevitable, it is better now than half a dozen games on. PDC was a walking car crash. I just pray that the havoc that his thankfully, brief, stay has created, can be swiftly addressed.

  4. Ian_SAfc September 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm #

    A little sad. Sad that the players didn’t seem to share his passion and 100% commitment.
    But if you have that style of management then you risk losing the dressing room, and thats apparently what happened (if a story in the DailyMail is to be believed).

    Roberto Di Mateo for me. At least, he’s the best of the names being touted at the moment. Although worryingly he was sacked by West Brom so thats not a good sign. Did very well with Chelsea, but then again, Chelsea players were world class superstars. Our’s are not.

    Gus Poyet looks interesting too but no Prem experience. Tony Pulis might keep us up, but do we want Sunderland turned into a team of long ball-playing bores? No thanks Tony.

    Oh well, at least we probably have Phil Bardsley back now. Ahem. A good backup for Celustka … if Gardner gets injured!

  5. CSB September 23, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    Here we go again! May be the law of averages will kick in this time and we actually get a Manager who can turn things around, god knows whoever it is will have a significant battle on his hands.

    Thanks for your 100% commitment Paulo, unfortunately it alone was not enough.

  6. Neil September 23, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Not sorry to see him go but sorry for the state we’re in. Short looking like the outsider he is. The churn of managers is not sustainable. If it is player power it’s stunning. They have the chops to confront the manager but not the opposing team. Sad state of affairs.

  7. Davey September 23, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Good points Neil .

    I think Paulo did what he came to do – stuff the mags anbd keep us up – I personally think with the players we have , a decent manager will bring us some success

    Thing is – who to get ???

  8. Drummer September 23, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Thanks Paolo you fulfilled your suprise brief of keeping us up but as most of us feared when the new manager bounce wore off there wasn’t much there. Thanks for your hard work and giving some of those lazy,overpaid play boy’s of ours a right kick up the jacksy. The change was inevitable I suppose so the sooner the better. What this whole episode has done to the image of our once fondly respected club, god knows. Coupled with the Bruce and O’Neil sackings, our name is mud in the ex pundit , old boy network media circus, but that’s least of our worrys for the moment. I hope there’s a decent team hiding among that rabble of signings and I don’t hold Di Canio soley responsible for this mess at all. Can Bally become our saviour or will someone else be the scapegoat? Will it make any difference, lets hope so, again, again, again, again ,……………..

  9. vince September 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    You know we were in deep trouble when we get Brucie telling us where Paulo went wrong.Not that he says anything remarkable,just stuff the average fan has been saying.

    Btw who is the closet PDC fan on here, please identifty yourself or is Paulo giving the odd thumbs down everytime someone says we are right to sack him?

    I have yet to see anyone give a good argument why they think Paulo should get more time.

    • Drummer September 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

      Maybe it’s PDC himself?

      • vince September 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

        Well I’ve given us both the thumbs down to save him the bother ; )

    • William C September 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      vince – Yes I had a quiet smile when I heard Bruce on about ” Old fashioned management ” – he should know!

  10. Eric012 September 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    Is Di Matteo’s possible appointment a cost cutting exercise? Should be too difficult to peel the “C” off the tracksuits and clag on an “M”. Bit of tippex to turn the “P” into a “R” and hey presto recycled trackies.

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