Manchester United inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon which proved to be Martin O’Neils final game as Sunderland manager.
In the Managers office we have been talking about Sunderland’s steady decline as a force in the Premier League for some time and they have even been selected as one of the team’s to be relegated by one of our writers in our predictions pool. The writing has been on the wall for a long time that Sunderland need a change as they have good players but simply are not getting results.
It has been a long time since any Black Cats have made it into our tips but individually a number of players have showed glimpses and with the appointment of the charismatic Paolo Di Canio it will be very interesting to see if he can change their fortunes.
The one time Mussolini supporter is no stranger to controversy and it will be interesting to see how players like James McClean and Sessegnon respond to the Italian as their performances have both improved over their last few games.
Sunderland will see a tough start to life under Di Canio as three of their next four games are away from home, these road trips include visits to Chelsea, Newcastle and a six pointer against Aston Villa.
Di Canio is inheriting a good team that have appeared to be lacking motivation and in the short term the Italian will certainly bring that to the team.