Paolo Di Canio

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Sky ‘suspend’ Di Canio over Mussolini tattoo

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Rome (AFP) Paolo Di Canio was removed on Wednesday from his role as a Sky Italia presenter after one of his tattoos alluding to Benito Mussolini stirred up a flurry of protest on social media.

The maverick Italian former Sunderland manager fronted Sky Italia's coverage of the English Premier League on Sunday wearing a short-sleeved shirt revealing the controversial body art "DUX" written on his arm in capital letters.

Brilliant Lazar Markovic Scissor Kick v Sunderland

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Lazar Markovic put in a man of the match performance as he scored the only goal of the game against Sunderland as Liverpool grabbed three vital points at the Stadium of Light earlier today.

Markovic was in the thick of the action as early as the second minute when he had a penalty claim turned down following a foul by Wes Brown but seven minutes later got on the end of a few lucky ricochets to slot home, however his scissor kick which hit the crossbar was the highlight of the game.

Wayne Rooney Set to Land £52million as Part of New Manchester United Contract: Daily Soccer Report

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Wayne Rooney is set to land a £52million deal as part of a new Manchester United contract, according to a report inThe Sunnewspaper.

The reports are that Manchester United are ready to offer Rooney a four-year extension to his contract, which would earn Rooney £52million over the four years from wages and bonuses.

Referee Andre Marriner Faces Being Dropped After Failure to Spot Ramires Dive: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Referee Andre Marriner faces being dropped after failure to spot Ramires dive — The Independent
  • How Manchester United beat Arsenal with so little possession — BBC Sport
  • Swansea City turn to American military as they face battles at home and abroad — Wales Online
  • Robin van Persie has skills 'to match whatever Arsenal have got' — The Guardian
  • Lionel Messi transfer to the Premier League 'could be just two years away' — The Mirror
  • West Brom's Steve Clarke flabbergasted by penalty awarded to Chelsea — The Guardian
  • Martin O'Neill attacks his Sunderland successor Paolo Di Canio as a 'managerial charlatan' — Telegraph
  • Photos and video of Mike Myers at Anfield — Liverpool FC
  • BT Sport's Tim Lovejoy is poster boy for game's lost soul — The Telegraph
  • Michael Laudrup: Referee Robert Madley should apologise to Swansea for Stoke penalty — Metro
  • Norwich half-time shouting match fuelled win over West Ham reveals Robert Snodgrass — The Mirror

International soccer

  • Landon Donovan out for upcoming United States national team friendlies— Pro Soccer Talk
  • Manager Chris Colemanset to continue in Wales role — BBC Sport

Football League

  • Derby's Andre Wisdom gets lost on way to stadium, drives his Porsche straight into mud pit— FOX Soccer
  • Wigan's James McClean not dropped for poppy snub, says Owen Coyle— The Independent


  • Rule Change to Put Portland Timbers in the 2014 CONCACAF Champions League?

Why A Soccer Manager Has The Toughest Job in the World of Sports

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On April 222012, Josep "Pep" Guardiola announced to the world that he would be stepping down as manager of FC Barcelona. That declaration was made by a forty-one year old man who had guided his club to thirteen titles in four years (two of those titles were UEFA Champions League trophies).

Guardiola wasn't leaving Barcelona for another club.

The Football Special: Paolo Di Canio, Man United Is Sh*t and Topless Tops [VIDEO]

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Barry Deane steps into Malcolm Best's shoes for one week only as he's joined by the controversial former Sunderland manager, Paolo di Canio. We hear what the Secret Footballer has to say about Clarke Carlisle, take a look at what David Moyes gets up to in his new office and take a trip back in time to see what Nostradamus has to say about the situation at Old Trafford.

Di Canio, Mourinho and Wenger: ‘Change’ a hard concept for the ‘unchangeable’

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The career of a professional footballer is a brief one, and within the pressured confines of a top flight league, change is a familiar constant. Some players adapt to change seamlessly, while some find transition much harder; the same can be said in the world of management.

Spurs, Man City and Chelsea Win In Capital One Action

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There were no big surprises Tuesday night as the big guns in the Premier League entered the Capital One Cup.

Spurs thumped Barclays Premier League rivals Aston Villa 4-0 with Jermain Defoe scoring twice and Paulinho and Nacer Chadli also hitting the target.

Manchester City continued where they left off in Sunday's 4-1 drubbing of Manchester United by putting five past FA Cup holders Wigan.

Arsenal’s Injured Theo Walcott Could Miss England World Cup Qualifiers That Will Decide Their Fate: Nightly Soccer Report

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Here are tonight's world soccer news headlines:

Premier League

  • Arsenal's injured Theo Walcott could miss England World Cup qualifiers that will decide their fate Mirror
  • Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet look set to spurn Sunderland The Guardian
  • Sunderland eye Gianfranco Zola as their next manager after sacking Paolo di Canio Mirror
  • Liverpool's Luis Suárez 'chomping at the bit' to return after bite ban — The Guardian
  • Mathieu Flamini allegedly warned by FA for threatening to blind Stoke's Marc Wilson — Off The Post
  • Premier League headed by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur follows script The Guardian
  • Paul Gascoigne admits that he has returned to drinking due to an urge to kill himself— Telegraph
  • Paul Gascoigne says he spent £60,000 on gadgets to detect phone hacking—The Guardian
  • Nicklas Bendtner set to make his Arsenal return against West Brom two years after his last appearance for the Gunners— Independent
  • Aston Villa suffers injury crisis ahead of League Cup clash with Spurs—Cartilage Free Captain
  • Liverpool news: Injured Glen Johnson has leg brace removed— Metro
  • Will Dish Network dare to drop ESPN?


Vito Mannone Believes Sunderland Should Reimburse Fans Following Southampton Beating

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Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio was interviewed on Sky Sports: Goals on Sunday yesterday and shared his thoughts on the Black Cats' embarrassing 8-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday. Di Canio commented that when he played, he would "punish himself" for such a performance and expressed that Sunderland's players and coaches should "pay something".

Sunderland 2014/15 Season Preview: Poyet Continues to Reshape His Team

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Gustavo Poyet performed a minor miracle in guiding Sunderland to Premier League safety last season following the disastrous start to the campaign under the stewardship of Paolo Di Canio. The Uruguayan coach urged Sunderland supporters to persevere with the team until he was in a position to reshape the team in his image and start playing the football designed to attract supporters to the Stadium of Light.

Capital One Cup Final: Cometh the Moment, Cometh Jozy Altidore?

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Altidore, still struggling to "Go Eredivisie" in England

It has been a challenging season for both Jozy Altidore and Sunderland this year, as Sunderland has struggled in the EPL and Altidore has not performed up to some lofty expectations that fans and pundits alike had for his first season with the Black Cats.

Sunderland manager Poyet stands by Altidore

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet reiterated his faith in the struggling Jozy Altidore, despite the American's troubles in front of goal.

Altidore, who was brought in by previous manager Paolo Di Canio, has struggled to find the back of the net this season, having scored only two goals in all competitions.

Sunderland Threaten Legal Action Against Former Manager Paolo Di Canio

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In the past two weeks, former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been quite vocal in expressing his criticism about the players who he managed while he was at the club. Now, however, Sunderland Football Club have threatened legal action against Di Canio, stating "it is particularly disappointing to read such comments when there arelegal obligations in place to ensure such behavior does not occur.

David Vaughan reveals Sunderland players have been gagged over Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's players have been banned from talking about former manager Paolo Di Canio's time at the club. As Gus Poyet was unveiled as the Black Cats' new manager, midfielder David Vaughan revealed that the players have been told not to discuss Di Canio's brief stint in charge. With various rumours about Di Canio's interesting disciplinary [.

Sunderland Make Risky Move In Hiring Gus Poyet

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Struggling Sunderland have hired Gus Poyet with the responsibility of securing their Premier League survival, announcing that they have appointed him as manager on a two-year contract.

Poyet who previously worked at second-tier Brighton and Hove Albion, succeeds Paolo Di Canio, whose seven-month tenure left the north-east club at the foot of the table.

New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: ‘Don’t compare me to Paolo Di Canio’

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Newly appointed Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he shouldn't be compared to previous boss Paolo Di Canio. Speaking at his official unveiling, the former Brighton manager was asked if his first task was to prove he was different to his predecessor. He said: "Firstly, I think we are all different. I don't think you can [.

Why Gus Poyet is the Ideal Selection As Sunderland’s Newest Manager

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The successor to the throne of Paolo Di Canio's reign has finally been found. Gus Poyet, the former Brighton boss, has replaced the Italian. After a faltering start to the Premier League campaign, Di Canio was sacked only after five games. His replacement brings with him Brighton backroom team of Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Gus Poyet: Problems and promise at Sunderland

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Gus Poyet played for Chelsea and Spurs before going into coaching under Dennis Wise and Juande Ramos. James Boyes.

Gus Poyet prepares to launch himself as a top flight manager at Sunderland, though the popular Uruguayan steps into an unenviable situation.

Sunderland Appoint Gus Poyet As The Club’s New Manager

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Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their new team manager.

Poyet replaces Paolo Di Canio and caretaker manager Kevin Ball in the job at the Stadium of Light. The Uruguayanwill be joined at the Stadium of Light by his backroom staff Mauricio Taricco and Charlie Oatway.

Poyet has agreed a two year contract at Sunderland and will take charge of the Black Cats with immediate effect.

Gus Poyet Officially Sworn In As New Sunderland Manager

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By Chris Wright

It'd been in the pipeline for a while but, as of this morning, Sunderland have officially appointed Gus Poyet as their new manager replacing Paolo Di Canio, who was binned a week or so ago for being...well, a bit silly really.

The former Brighton boss joins The Black Cats on a two-year deal, thus becoming the club's sixth manager in five years.

Sunderland appoint Gus Poyet as their new manager

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#SAFC confirm new head coach Gus Poyet Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) October 8, 2013 Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their manager. The former Brighton boss has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light. He replaces Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month after a poor start to the season.

Monday Evening Ticker: Poyet reportedly nearing Sunderland job; Januzaj rejects Belgium call up; and more

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Following more than two weeks of deliberations, Sunderland owner Ellis Short looks to finally have his new manager.

According to reports in England, Gus Poyet has accepted an offer to become the next Sunderland manager, taking over the last-place club in the Premier League on a three-year contract.

Sunderland Set to Announce Gus Poyet as Their New Manager Within Next 24 Hours: Daily Soccer Report

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Sunderland are set to announce Gus Poyet as their new manager within the next 24 hours, according to reports.

The Uruguayan is favored to replace former manager Paolo Di Canio. Poyet previously managed Brighton from 2009-2013, where he had a 44% win percentage and helped promote Brighton from League One to the Championship.

United look to add to Sunderland’s woes

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Manchester United travel to bottom of the table Sunderland today, hoping to get their league campaign back on track after back-t0-back defeats against Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.

Wayne Rooney, however, might miss the reunion with former Red John O'Shea, as the United striker will face a late fitness test ahead of the game with the shin injury that kept him out of Wednesday's trip to Donetsk still troubling the 27-year-old.

Paolo Di Canio: My Time At Sunderland Was Unfairly Cut Short

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Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has released a statement to Sky Sports, in which he claims he should have been given more time at the club, as well as rejecting rumours of "training ground bust-ups".

Di Canio was dismissed by Sunderland last month after a 3-0 loss to West Brom and it emerged later that a player revolt had sparked the directors into their decision to relieve the manager of his duties.

Sunderland v Liverpool Reaction: The Scoreline Flattered Liverpool

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Sunderland's interim head coach, Kevin Ball, has refused to be downbeat following his side 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, instead claiming the team can take a lot of heart from a "good" performance, especially in the second half.

Despite hitting the bar through Sebastian Larsson's free-kick and piling the pressure on the Liverpool defence, the Black Cats succumbed to Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez who gave their team a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Match Preview: Sunderland vs Liverpool

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Managerless Sunderland play host to Liverpool at the Stadium of Light, live on Super Sunday, still seeking their first Premier League win of the season.
Kevin Ball takes charge of his first Premier League game as Sunderland caretaker boss following the sacking of Paolo Di Canio last Sunday.
Di Canio was axed last week 24 hours after the 3-0 defeat to West Brom left the Wearside club rooted to the bottom of the table.

Mignolet Aware Of Revived Sunderland

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Having recently completed a degree studying 20th century socialism, one might imagine Simon Mignolet joining in the applause at the demise of the politically provocative Paolo Di Canio at his former club Sunderland.
Instead, the Liverpool goalkeeper has only positive memories of his brief spell with the combustible Italian, recalling the galvanising effect the manager's arrival had at the Stadium of Light as the club fought relegation last spring.

Sunderland vs Liverpool EPL Projected Lineups include Suarez and Sturridge

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Liverpool have suffered back to back frustrating defeats to Southampton in the Premier League and then Manchester United in the Capital One Cup. Both coming from corners given up on the left side.

For much of the night the surprise 3-5-2 of Brendan Rodgers against United saw them the better side, and it would not surprise if they went with that same starting 11 against Sunderland.

Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball gives ketchup a reprieve

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Leading the queue of those hoping for a second chance at Sunderland after Paolo Di Canio's sacking is the club condiments. Ketchup and mayonnaise banned by the Italian during his time in charge have been reinstated in the Black Cats' canteen with the permission of caretaker manager Kevin Ball. The temporary boss is [.

Sunderland Hold Talks With Rene Meulensteen About Replacing Paolo Di Canio: Nightly Soccer Report

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There are so many great stories tonight — AFC Wimbledon could be returning to the home where Wimbledon FC played (Plough Lane). Plus The New York Times writes about the NBC coverage that we've been raving about for two months. Nice of them to catch up!

But the main news headline tonight is that Sunderland have opened talks with former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen over the vacant manager job.

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Chelsea Boss Turns Down Sunderland – Would Manage Magpies

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We thought that Roberto Di Matteo, the former Milton Keynes Dons, West Brom and short-term Chelsea manager, would be the very strong favorite to take over at Sunderland, when Paolo Di Canio was fired late on Sunday night. Roberto Di Mateo with Chris Hughton when Chris managed Newcastlee Of course Di Matteo famously took over [.

I’m Not Gloating About Sunderland – A Great Club

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Alan Pardew was asked several times to comment on the recent dismissal of Paolo Di Canio, the Sunderland manager, but it was obvious that Al;an didn't want to say much about it at all, and certainly refused to criticize with Paolo or the Sunderland club, and he showed some real class in doing that. Paolo [.

Why the Time is Right for Roberto Di Matteo to Return to Management in the Premier League

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Despite sources in Italy saying that Roberto Di Matteo may not be interested in the Sunderland job, Sunderland's Director of Football Roberto De Fanti is recommending Di Matteo for the manager position, but Ellis Short and the Sunderland staff have their work cut out for them if they want to hire the former Chelsea manager as the man to replace Paolo Di Canio.

Magpies boss sympathizes with Italian

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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.

The Sunderland hot seat may still be an Italian job

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It's often said that countries have national characteristics, that there's certain similar traits that people brought up in a similar culture seem to have. At least sometimes, that's simply not true however.

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10 Ridiculous Things Football Managers Have Seen Fit To Ban

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With Jose Mourinho outlawing any and all training ground banter in all its forms at Chelsea today, we thought we'd run the rule over other such managerial mandates.

Let's get started, shall we?

1. Alex Ferguson Coloured boots

Back in 2010, Fergie issued a declaration from on high that all Manchester United youth players were banned from wearing gaudy coloured boots up until the point they forced their way into the reserve/senior squad at which point the restrictions were lifted.

Why Paolo Di Canio Will be Missed

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Despite being sacked after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion last month, in which he engaged in what can only be described as bizarre behavior with Sunderland supporters in the stands after the match, Paolo Di Canio has been surprisingly reticent. The former Black Cats manager finally broke his silence on Tuesday in a written statement to Sky Sports News.