Paolo Di Canio and Sunderland part ways

Tony Marshall

After just 12 games with the club, Sunderland have shown manager Paolo Di Canio the door.

Just five rounds have passed, but we already have our first Premier League sacking. Sunderland have parted ways with Paolo Di Canio, as announced via their official Twitter account:

Sunderland made some interesting signings this summer, bringing in talent from a wide variety of leagues, but the side has failed to gel. The Black Cats have managed just a point this season, a draw against Southampton. They're dead last in the table, having scored just three goals while conceding 11.

It was Di Canio that kept Sunderland alive last season, coming in at the end of March to replace Martin O'Neill. A 17th place finish was sufficient to keep the Italian around, but with just 2 wins from 12 matches, the club's patience quickly wore thin. Which is too bad, as, love him or hate him, at least Di Canio threw out some provocative quotes, making the football pages a bit more interesting to read.

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