Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed that he feels sympathy for Paolo Di Canio after the Italian was sacked by local rivals Sunderland. The two clubs enjoy a bitter local rivalry, but Pardew acknowledges that the Italian gave it his all after keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League last season.
Pardew says goodbye to his closest rival after just 13 matches in charge for the controversial Italian, and made it clear that he wishes the former West Ham United favorite well.
“It hasn’t worked out. There’s sympathy for him at the club. I wish him well.”
Di Canio just lasted five matches into the new season, picking up one draw and no wins early in this campaign. The poor start leaves the Black Cats at the bottom of the Premier League table, but sympathy must be given for Di Canio considering his tough task of getting 13 new players assimilated into the squad after the club’s summer spending spree.
Di Canio will also feel especially hard done by after seeing his side lose to league leaders Arsenal, as the Black Cats had a goal controversially – and incorrectly – ruled out, which could have given the home side the momentum in what would’ve been a 2-2 match in the second half.
Nevertheless, Di Canio now finds himself out of a job as Sunderland looks to bring in a new manager to the Stadium of Light.