Sunderland in Big Trouble After Di Canio Sacking
The former West Ham forward leaves the Stadium of Light with Sunderland at the bottom of the Premier League after only one point from the side’s first five games. Sunderland are currently 13/10 to be relegated this season, and fans must be hoping that an early change of manager can right the sinking ship.
Di Canio must be applauded for an initial upturn in form after he took over at the North East club, with a 3-0 win against Newcastle sure to stick in the club’s fans’ memories for years to come.
However, after a summer of recruitment, in which 14 new players were brought to the club, Sunderland have looked like a side sure to be in the relegation battle with their early season performances. It is only natural that the new players, the majority of which are foreign, will take time to settle into a new club and country.
The main job that the new manager will have is reuniting a disjointed squad that lacks confidence after being repeatedly berated by Di Canio. Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is the favourite to take over from his countryman, with the Italian out of work since being sacked by the west London club last November. To bring him to Wearside would be quite the coup, as he is the only manager to ever lead the Blues to become European champions.
Others under consideration are Watford boss Gianfranco Zola, former Stoke boss Tony Pulis and Steve McClaren.
Although the season is only five games old, Sunderland are quite rightly one of the teams being eyed up as relegation candidates. Owner Ellis Short has a critical decision to make when employing his next manager, with the new man having one of the toughest jobs in English football on his hands.
The squad is a mishmash of new foreign players looking to make an impact in the Premier League and English players with potential, who need a bit of guidance. The sale of Stephane Sessegnon to West Brom robs the club of creativity and flair, and the side are overreliant on Steven Fletcher to get them goals.
In defence the team’s best back four is yet to be decided, and with 11 goals conceded already this term, the new manager will need to stem the flow.
Sunderland are a proud and historic club, and the fans will hope that the new manager can bring back something to shout about on the Stadium of Light terraces.
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