Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Di Canio’s car-crash appointment has overshadowed Sunderland’s woes

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The big news this week has the sacking of Martin O’Neill and the rash appointment of Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland.

It seems that the late dismissal of managers is becoming the norm nowadays following Brian McDermott’s sacking as well.

What a new manager is supposed to do with seven games to go I don’t know, but my money would have been on O’Neill to get them out of their predicament over an inexperienced manager.

He had seemed to lose some of his sparkle during recent press conferences, but over the years he has proved a good tactician and a man-manager who players respect.

Di Canio’s car-crash appointment overshadowed the reason for it, which is flatlining form and the threat of relegation to The Championship.

His alleged political views have added coal to the fire and looking at Sunderland’s remaining fixtures and the fact Aston Villa and Wigan have momentum with them, they are favourites for the remaining relegation spot in my book.

So what is he like as a manager? “Eccentric, arrogant, charismatic and entertaining,” according to Gary Rose of the BBC, who used to cover his old club Swindon Town, he also describes him as a hard taskmaster.

“Passion and dedication are arguably Di Canio’s strongest characteristics,” he added.

“There is no doubt Di Canio brought success to Swindon and now, having clarified his political views, he will hope to do the same at Sunderland.” ·

There will be a strong possibility that he will need to work his magic from the championship next season.

Another person who has courted bad publicity this week has been Joey Barton, following his ‘ladyboy’ jibe at PSG’s Brazlian defender Thiago Silva.

Note to oneself Joey, concentrate on what you do on the pitch rather than what you say off it via Twitter.

Players should be remembered for what they have achieved in their career not what they haven’t.

Congratulations to both Scarborough Athletic and Bridlington Town, who served up a cracking game containing everything last week.

A crowd of over 1200 were treated to the ups and downs of non league football. The attendance was better than a number of teams in the Blue Square Premier League, and testament to the fact that Boro deserve to be playing at a higher level in the non league pyramid.

Come on Scarborough Borough Council, it’s high time those sort of games were played out in Scarborough.

It was sad to see a favourite son of Scarborough, Neil Warnock, leave his post at Leeds United.

Things don’t seem to have worked out at Leeds and I for one am suspicious of the so-called takeover of the club. Who is in charge and who makes the money available to spend on players?

He seemed to have to deal with getting players in on loan, and although Watford have made a success of that system this year, it’s not a sound base for success.

Good luck to a friend and another former Boro manager in Neil Redfearn, who has stepped into the breach as caretaker manager - or should I say interim manager - Sorry Rafa.


“You have to have your own ideas, but it is important to have communication with them. Sometimes you can do it in a very quiet way, occasionally you may need a confrontation.”

New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio.


Watford, whose win at second-placed Hull City kept alive their automatic promotion hopes.