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Premier League Coach, Paolo Di Canio, sacked

The sacked head coach of Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio
The sacked head coach of Sunderland, Paolo Di Canio

(mylbsonline/Liberia/Sept.24/2013)-Sunderland have sacked head coach, Paolo Di Canio, after a poor start to the season that placed the Black Cats at the bottom of the Premier League table.

The 45-year-old Italian had won three of his 13 matches since his appointment March, 2013 and got only one point from five league games during the ongoing campaign.

"An announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor," a club statement said. In the meantime, Coach Kevin Ball will take charge of the first-team squad.

Di Canio's journey

•Born in Rome, July 9, 1968;
•Played in Italy for Lazio, Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Cisco Roma;
•Played in Britain for Celtic, Sheff Weds, West Ham, Charlton;
•Fined £10,000 in 1998 by the FA for pushing referee Paul Alcock to ground after being sent off v Arsenal;
•Wins sportsmanship award in 2001 for catching ball and stopping play v Everton to allow keeper Paul Gerrard receive treatment;                                                                                        

•Criticized in 2005 for making fascist salute in Lazio game;
•Appointed Swindon boss in May 2011; guides them into League One a year later;
•Resigns as Swindon boss in February 2013, citing issues with the club's hierarchy;
•Replaces Martin O'Neill as Sunderland boss in March 2013, club avoid relegation;
•Sacked after four defeats in five league games of 2013-14.

Sunderland are now looking for their sixth permanent manager in less than five years.

The statement added: "The club would like to place on record it’s thanks to Paolo and his staff, and wishes them well for the future."

Ball's opening duty is to prepare the side for Tuesday's home Capital One Cup’s third-round match against Peterborough United at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland then host Liverpool Sunday and Manchester United on 5 October, with the Wear-Tyne derby against Newcastle October 27, 2013.

After guiding Swindon to promotion from League-Two in 2012, Di Canio succeeded Martin O'Neill at the Stadium of Light on March 31, but later admitted he feared being sacked in the controversy over his arrival.

Having embarked on his first Premier League job, Di Canio had to fend off questions about whether he held fascist beliefs.

He was backed by Sunderland chairman, Ellis Short, and endeared himself to the fans with a 3-0 victory at Newcastle in his second game as boss.

But Di Canio's men were thrashed 6-1 by Aston Villa and failed to win their final three fixtures, finishing one place above the relegation zone.

This season (2013/2014) started with a home loss to Fulham before the Wearsiders drew at Southampton and conceded nine goal defeats against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and, most recently, West Brom.

After the 3-0 loss at the Hawthorns Saturday, September 22, 2013, Di Canio walked over to face the travelling supporters, who made their feelings clear.

"I absorb the insults as part of the game - if I were in their position, I'd been furious," he said.

"But I'm professional: 24 hours a day I work for this cause. One day their reaction will be a different reaction.”

"I knew that they were furious and I went to them because I wanted to see their faces. It's easy to go over when they're clapping or singing your name. I'm responsible, but my head is up. I won't give up.”

"It's obvious we're still not together. We don't have many leaders in terms of desire to play with a premier style.

"I'm never going to change my regime. I am what I am. My way to manage the team is for the top, top level. I have to be clear to everyone - the board, the chairman, the fans - I'm never going to change,” he also declared.

"One day, if I receive the full support from the players, we will turn the corner."

Di Canio publicly criticized some of his squad at the end of last season and worked with director of football, Roberto De Fanti, and chief scout, Valentino Angeloni, to sign 14 new players in the summer.

His buys cost £19m in total and included AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore, Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini and Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

But left-back Danny Rose returned to Tottenham following a loan spell, while Sunderland sold goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool and, on transfer deadline day, forward Stephane Sessegnon to West Brom.


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