Just like that, after just six months, another manager has departed the managerial roundabout - this time at the Stadium of Light.
After a poor start to the season in which Sunderland garnered only one point from five games, Paolo Di Canio was axed by the Sunderland board. While there were some successes from his brief tenure, namely the famous 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle last season, the West Ham legend will be remembered for his controversial methods and decisions which made his managerial position untenable.
One of these was the decision to omit Lee Cattermole, not only as captain, but from the team entirely. A man of Cattermole's ability and influence within the dressing room cannot be snubbed in this way, and it was reportedly from his direction that the grumbling and protesting began within the playing squad.
With decisions like this, the Italian was never exactly popular with chairman Ellis Short, or indeed anybody associated with the Black Cats. This begs the question: will Di Canio ever again be given the chance to manage in the Premier League?
Di Canio's controversial spell in management be gan with League 2 side Swindon. He was an outspoken success for the Robins, winning 54 of his 95 games in charge and leading his side to promotion. However, differences with the board led to his departure in February 2013, before being swiftly appointed as successor to Martin O'Neill at Sunderland.
However, the Italian's appointment caused a media storm, with pictures of previous fascist salutes making front pages across the nation. Sunderland suffered publicly from this debacle, but backed Di Canio to lead them away from the dreaded bottom three.
A good start as Sunderland manager was however overshadowed by Di Canio's controversial methods. After publicly criticising the strength of his inherited squad, Di Canio overhauled his playing squad, bringing in 14 new faces in the Summer transfer window.
Having already ostracised defenders Phil Bardsley and Matthew Kilgallon over their now-infamous casino antics, the Itaian went on to criticise captain John O'Shea and Di-Jong Won in the media following high-profile mistakes. Add this to the Italian's imposing of an alcohol ban on his squad, and the result was a disgruntled squad still struggling at the foot of the league table. Five games into the season and Di Canio was gone.
Di Canio's controversial methods made him an unpopular member within the Sunderland dressing-room, and coupled with his uninspired form as manager the Italian is as yet waiting for another job offer.
Say what you want, Di Canio is a risky choice to manage a team, and it seems unlkely he will be given another chance in the Premier League any time soon.
However, football is a fickle sport- just look at Andre Villas-Boas. Sacked by Chelsea, and a roaring success at Spurs under a year later. Stranger things have happened in football; however, it would be a bold move to appoint Paolo Di Canio, and it remains to be seen whether the scorer of one of the best ever Premier League goals will return to the Premier League as manager.
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