With no fewer than six Premier League managers getting the sack last season,
it is almost a certainty that more than a couple will not make it to the final
day of the 2013/14 campaign.
Last season Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and QPR gaffer Mark Hughes were the
first casualties in November. Now could we once again see an Italian as the
first sacking in the form of Sunderland boss Paulo Di Canio? Many signs say yes.
Di Canio's Sunderland lost their opening game of the season 1-0 at home toFulham. Despite creating most of the match's chances with 20 shots in total.
Sunderland came away with nothing thanks to poor finishing and a lack of
concentration in letting Fulham's only shot on target, a Pajtim Kasami header
from a corner, find the back of the net.
The Sunderland boss claimed post-match that his players still have a lot to
learn but as the man who brought in ten new signings, nine of which arrived
from different leagues,he must take some of the blame if the new arrivals
find themselves struggling on the steep learning curve that is the Premier
Taking no points from your first home game of the season against beatable
opposition is the worst way to start off, just ask Arsene Wenger. What would
be worse however, is taking no points from your first eight home matches.
With Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle, Manchester
City, Chelsea and Tottenham the next visitors to the Stadium of Light in the
league, that is a very real possibility and fans can hope for perhaps just a few
points at best from those fixtures.
If the fans get used to losing at home Di Canio will face a tricky task in
winning them back over.
The Italian is also no stranger to controversy, both as a player and a
manager. He fell out with several players during his time managing Swindon Town
and a fascist salute as a player led to Sunderland board member David Miliband
resigning from the club upon his arrival.
His controversial past should not be a reason to dismiss the coach yet he
even continues to stand out from other Premier League managers with his
Di Canio has put his squad through an intensive pre-season after being
unhappy with the fitness levels when he arrived in April and he even fined some
players at the end of last season for such things as lateness and missing phone
calls. He has even vowed to fine any players that put on an unacceptable amount
His off-field actions are unlikely to cost Di Canio his job on their own
but if results on the field don't pick up quickly - especially after bringing
in so many new players then the Italian could find himself out of a job.
His record as Sunderland boss is currently two wins, two draws and four
losses. It's those results on the pitch that Di Canio must improve urgently.
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