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Paolo pushed

Filed: Monday, 23rd September 2013
By: Staff Writer

Former West Ham favourite Paolo Di Canio has been sacked from his post as manager of fellow Premier League club Sunderland.

The 44-year-old Italian, who spent five years at West Ham between 1998 and 2003 has received his marching orders less after just 13 games in charge at the Stadium of Light.

A statement on the Black Cats' website late last night confirmed that Di Canio had been given the push. "Sunderland AFC confirms that it has parted company with head coach Paolo Di Canio this evening," it said.

"Kevin Ball will take charge of the squad ahead of Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup game against Peterborough United and an announcement will be made in due course regarding a permanent successor.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to Paolo and his staff and wishes them well for the future."

It is believed that Di Canio, whose unique management methods previously ruffled feathers at Swindon was fired after a training ground bust-up with some of his first team players.

That followed a dreadful start to the season for the Wearsiders, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League having amasseda total of just one point from their opening five fixtures.

News of Di Canio's sacking comes almost exactly a decade after Glenn Roeder - who Di Canio was a fierce critic of during his time as a player - was sacked by West Ham, having failed to maintain the Club's Premiership status.

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