Given the plight both of these men left us in, the war of words between Paolo Di Canio and Martin O’Neill should really infuriate me. Neither proportioning blame on themselves, rather each other and amongst club staff and players. To be honest, it reads more like a comedy sketch as two experienced men play handbags at dawn, both completely devoid of any blame for their complete underachievement as Sunderland boss. What a load of tosh.
I do try not to criticise MON too heavily. Alas, he is too likeable, despite being the bitter old man he always has been – it is still a massive shame he was not the right man for us.
Let’s be honest though his ramblings towards Di Canio were petulant at best, speaking under the presumption we were not about to be relegated under him. The football under O’Neill must go down as the dullest and predictable I have ever seen as the Stadium of Light – we were a relegated football team. For him to come out and lambast PDC which included a stereotypical swipe relating to Italian football diets is rather rich. He even lent the time to lie and suggest he had less backing than Di Canio in the transfer market – despite the fact he alone was responsible for the transfer spend and spent more. Incredible.
Di Canio comes out of this will little less dignity mind, probably because he is still submerged in his own incredibly misplaced ego;
"I was too good [for Sunderland], my level was too high.”
It is the kind of statement that has you bawling with laughter like some deranged hyena. The world through Di Canio’s eyes must be something to behold, and those who also see it are likely to already be enclosed in four white walls. His ‘level’ seemingly reached the steady heights of League One football. He goes on in the same interview to suggest he would accept a Championship club “with a project”, which certainly reads as an almighty step up.
His tirade against this club seemed composed by an arrogant child and even if there are sprinklings of truth amongst his words it is impossible to take any of the interview with any degree of seriousness.
It seems pretty obvious that regardless if we had won the first three matches this season Di Canio’s departure was always inevitable. A Premier League football club cannot be managed (or ‘head coached’) in that manner these days. Incidentally, I still believe PDC is a good manager – with the potential to be great. Unfortunately, this immense managerial potential is trapped and nullified inside the mind of a lunatic forever to underachieve and blame everybody else.
At the end of the day, this is two men we are well rid of. The fact I find their verbal diahorrea amusing is testament to the renewed faith I have in the club after Gus Poyet’s arrival.
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