Di Canio Attitude Better Than Pardew's?

28 August 2013 01:01
Paolo Di Canio believes he can get the best out of his players but will never be popular with them.

He may have valid point, but being a 'dictator' like his Italian hero Benito Mussolini is not going to bring him success (and look what happened to Mussolini!).

As Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Players are very different. Some need a kick up the arse - others need a hug every now and then."

Yet Di Canio has one set of rules, and he intends sticking to them!

Wll it work? As long as the team is doing well, I think it will prove to be the right attitude. But once he hits a slump . the players won't continue to take the blame for everything that goes wrong.

He is his own man, and I think he has to be admired for it.

He certainly wouldn't have the situation Alan Pardew has at Newcastle with Yohan Cabaye, where a player goes on strike and the club let him get away with it and carry on paying him £70,000 per week.


Paolo Di Canio: “I’m sure I can get the best out of my players.

“When players leave this club in a few years’ time, you’re never going to hear them saying fantastic things about me like ‘he is the best manager in the world’ because players always want what they want.

"If they make a mistake, they don’t want stick, if they play badly they don’t want to be punished.

“The fact I’m completely the opposite in the way I manage my players means they are never going to say that I’m fantastic, but they can take advantage during the period they are with me because I’m good for them and I’m sure about myself.

"I have already proved this in a different level but in the same country and I was doing it with some cavemen. I am very good at this.

“I’m not happy being unpopular, but I know it can happen.

"This is the modern psychology. The current generation, in life as well as in football, don’t want to have stick.

“If you give them it they don’t like you, but one day, if they’re intelligent, they’re going to recognise that it’s for their own good.

“At Swindon, it might have been a more relaxing, easier life after I left, but they finished sixth, a drop of five places.

"I don’t want to say I’m God and that everyone else is average and I’m going to turn them into fantastic players, but with the discipline I instill I will get the best out of them. “We will win games.

“I may never get the popularity of my footballers, but I’m sure I’ll get the best out of them.

“The ones who are not professional will say it’s not fair and invent some stories, because I fine the players who are unprofessional when they behave badly.

"Some footballers are lazy and less disciplined and do crazy things.

“It has happened here in the past, but the top players will never have a problem if they work hard and do the right things.

"Players like O’Shea, Larsson, Gardner will never have a problem.

“There are environments when not being popular helps get the best out of players and the results we want. Anyway, I’m never going to change.

“One day, I will be one of the top managers.”


    25. Vito Mannone    12. Ondrej Celustka    16. John O'Shea    29. Valentin Roberge    14. Jack Colback    11. Adam Johnson    15. David Vaughan    6. Cabral 61'    19. David Moberg Karlsson 65'    27. Dong-Won Ji 49'    17. Jozy Altidore


    35. Charis Mavrias 65'    7. Sebastian Larsson 61'    9. Steven Fletcher    10. Connor Wickham 49'    20. Keiren Westwood    22. El-Hadji Ba    24. Carlos Cuellar

Connor Wickham came off the bench to spare Sunderland's blushes as the Barclays Premier League side blasted four goals inside 18 minutes to deny MK Dons a famous victory.

The Sky Bet League One side appeared to be heading into the Capital One Cup third round draw after taking a deserved 2-0 lead with the Black Cats in tatters.

However, with the home fans voicing their disapproval, manager Paolo Di Canio sent on Wickham in place of the hapless Ji Dong-won and ultimately saw his move pay off.

Patrick Bamford on loan from Chelsea, had blasted the visitors into a seventh-minute lead with his third goal in four games, a rasping long-range drive.

It could have been even worse for the Black Cats, who needed keeper Vito Mannone to keep out a glancing header from team-mate Cabral and enjoyed a rare slice of good fortune when striker Izale McLeod fired just wide inside a turbulent opening 20 minutes.

But they did fall further behind within 10 minutes of the restart when Izale McLeod produced the cheekiest of finishes to extend his side's lead and put them within touching distance of victory.

A much-changed Sunderland, who misfired badly for much of the contest, gave themselves a lifeline with 12 minutes remaining when Jozy Altidore made the most of Wickham's through-ball to claim his first goal for the club, but the fireworks had only just begun.

Wickham dashed MK Dons' hopes of hanging on to their lead when he converted full-back Ondrej Celustka's cross four minutes from time and the tie looked to be heading into extra-time.

But the Ipswich striker snatched even that crumb of comfort from Karl Robinson's men when his 89th-minute shot deflected off defender Ben Reeves and flew past wrong-footed keeper Ian McLoughlin.

In the space of 11 minutes, the mood inside the Stadium of Light had altered dramatically, and there was more to come for the home fans six minutes into added time when Adam Johnson cut in from the right and drilled home a fourth from the tightest of angles.

Writing in his programme notes before the game, Di Canio, who had earlier forecast that his team would face a difficult test against a strong League One side, voiced the opinion that "to change six or seven players is too much", and then promptly made six changes to the side which drew 1-1 at Southampton at the weekend.

He may have wished he could overhaul significantly once again at the break after seeing the Black Cats play second fiddle to the visitors for long periods.

Indeed, having taken a seventh-minute lead when Bamford accepted Dele Alli's pass, switched it to his left foot and then smashed a long-range effort past debutant Mannone, they threatened to increase it on more than one occasion.

For their part, Sunderland created little of note, despite right winger Johnson and striker Altidore causing problems, with midfielder David Moberg-Karlsson and Ji in particular struggling to make an impact.

But the Swede might have marked his first competitive appearance with an equaliser after Altidore's 44th-minute shot had come back off a post, only to miss his kick and then head tamely at keeper Ian McLoughlin from the rebound.

Whatever he said in the dressing room at half-time, Di Canio sent out the same 11 men for the second half and saw them almost fall further behind with barely a minutes played.

Bamford caused problems down the right once again before laying the ball off for skipper Gleeson to blast a right-foot drive inches over the angle of crossbar and post.

Ji's departure was far from mourned by the home fans, but things took an even uglier turn for the home side within six minutes when Samir Carruthers pounced on Cabral's loose ball to play McLeod through the heart of a static defence and he raced away before audaciously chipping over the advancing Mannone and into the empty net to make it 2-0.

But, having seen Moberg-Karlsson and Wickham pass up glorious opportunities, Altidore struck to spark the late onslaught before handing to the baton to Wickham to win the game.

Johnson's injury-time strike served to erase the memories of much of what had gone before as Sunderland claimed a first victory of the season by inflicting the visitors' opening defeat.

Sunderland Fixtures .

Saturday August 3117:30 Premier League Crystal Palace v Sunderland

Saturday September 1415:00 Premier League Sunderland v Arsenal

Saturday September 2115:00 Premier League West Brom v Sunderland

Sunday September 2916:00 Premier League Sunderland v Liverpool

Source: Sunderland-Mad