Alan Pardew: 'Di Canio had passion'

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has expressed his disappointment over the sacking of Paolo Di Canio from fierce rivals Sunderland.

The Italian was dismissed just five games into this season and 13 matches in all since taking over from Martin O'Neil towards the end of the last campaign.

The Black Cats are rooted to the bottom of the table with a solitary point.

The former Swindon manager endured a successful start to his Sunderland stint when he recorded a famous 3-0 win over Pardew's side at St James' Park in the Tyne-Wear derby which helped steer the club away from relegation.

Both sides finished last years campaign just above the relegation zone.

However while the Magpies have shown improvement despite not adding a great deal to their squad over the summer, Di Canio stripped his side and spent lots of money of players that haven't looked the part. 

To compound that, the West Ham playing legend has received criticism for his public barracking of his own players.

Despite this, Pardew was still sad to see his counterpart dismissed: "With my LMA (League Managers Association) hat on, I was disappointed, because he attacked the job with passion and enthusiasm, and it hasn't worked out." He said to SkySports.

"So there's some sympathy for him and the club, and I wish them well.

"I'm not going to throw any criticism at what Paolo did at Sunderland. He entered the job with good faith, and he did an honest job, which is what he thought was right, and I'm sad to see him go."

The two sides meet in just over a month for the first derby clash of the season at The Stadium of Light and it's still unknown who will be in the Mackems' hotseat.

Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been installed as an early favourite for the role.

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