Powell: Let Di Canio manage

Chris Powell believes controversial new Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio should be allowed to get on with managing the club after the storm over his politics.

Last Updated: 03/04/13 at 09:45 Post Comment

Chris Powell: Has spoken about his relationship with Paolo Di Canio

Chris Powell: Has spoken about his relationship with Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio refused to clarify his views on fascism during his first news conference since being named as the replacement for sacked Martin O'Neill on Sunday.

But despite the ongoing furore, Charlton boss Powell, who played alongside Di Canio at The Valley, said Sunderland should stand by their "bold" decision and let the Italian focus on keeping them up.

"Sunderland have made their decision with Martin and now Paolo and they've got to be bold now and stick by it," Powell, speaking after his side's goalless draw with Brighton, told Sky Sports News.

"They've appointed him and now they've got to let him manage and do his best to get the points they need.

"I think he will have to deal with what comes his way and I think he will have to show everything that what he did with Swindon in League One and League Two he can do at Premier League level.

"There's a lot of talk about what's gone on but I think now everyone should move on with the football.

"He was a team-mate of mine, he wore the shirt at Charlton many years ago and he was very good. The fans loved him.

"Whatever he wants to talk about in his personal life with regards to politics, I think he's the one you should ask."

Di Canio has described Powell as one of his best friends during his playing days and when asked to describe his relationship with the Italian, Powell added: "(Problems?) None whatsoever. I got on well with him.

"I just feel it's an issue everyone should move on from now. I know a lot of people are upset about it. Like I said, they've made a bold decision; Martin's gone and he was a fine man but now they've given the job to Paolo, they've got to let him do it."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

World Cup: England boss Roy Hodgson sees Andrea Pirlo as Italy's key threat

Roy Hodgson admits Andrea Pirlo is the main threat when England take on Italy in their World Cup opener in Brazil.

Transfer news: Alan Pardew confident Newcastle will strengthen in summer

Alan Pardew is already lining up a number of summer additions at Newcastle, with loanee Loic Remy still a top target.

Premier League: Paul Lambert wants to stay and improve Aston Villa

Paul Lambert insists he wants to stay at Aston Villa and is targeting signings to fire the club up the top flight.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property