We may never see another manager like Paolo di Canio managing in the Premier League.
The Italian’s short and temperamental reign as Sunderland boss lasted just 13 games following his appointment in March after the departure Martin O’Neill.
From substituting his goalkeepers to kicking his own player, it fair to say Di Canio has had a unique way of doing things during his time in management thus far.
At the lower levels, his crazy methods seemed to click. In his first manager’s role at Swindon, Di Canio guided the Robins to promotion from League 2, putting the Italian on the radar of several top-flight clubs.
Di Canio’s appointment was always going to be a gamble for anyone and it was Sunderland who rolled the dice while sitting one point off the relegation zone with seven games of the season remaining.
The decision had instant effect as ex-foreign secretary David Miliband resigned from the board of Sunderland football club due to Di Canio's "past political statements".
Despite his temperamental attitude and touchline antics, Di Canio did the job he set out to do as Sunderland survived the drop with a game to spare. His most memorable moment came in a 3-0 derby win over Newcastle to delight the Sunderland fans.
But this year the fiery Italian went too far. So far this season Sunderland have only accumulated a single point in five games, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.
More significantly, Di Canio’s outbursts led to him publicly criticising individual players, questioning their diets and commitment which evidently caused large unrest in the dressing room.
It may have worked in League 2, but the Premier league is a different kettle of fish.
After Sunderland’s 3-0 defeat away at West Brom on Saturday, Di Canio made his final gesture to the Sunderland fans telling them to remain faithful but by then it was clear that his time was almost up.
Whether it was fair to sack Di Canio after such a short spell in charge or if it was Sunderland’s fault for appointing him in the first place is an interesting topic for discussion.
Only time will tell if the maverick Italian is given another chance to manage at the top level.
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