Stadium of Light

Next Game

Sunderland v Stoke

Saturday, 04 October 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Stadium of Light

Last Game

Sunderland 0 - 0 Swansea

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Short admits Di Canio error

Sunderland owner Ellis Short has admitted to making a mistake by appointing Paolo Di Canio as the club's head coach.

Last Updated: 28/10/13 at 11:17 Post Comment

Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland owner Ellis Short has admitted to making a mistake wi

Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland owner Ellis Short has admitted to making a mistake wi

Di Canio was installed as Black Cats boss in March but lasted just 13 games in the job despite guiding the club to Premier League safety last season.

He was replaced by former Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who Ellis believes can bring an end to the uncertainty at the Stadium of Light.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of Sunday's derby clash with Newcastle, Short said: "With the euphoria from our successful survival fight at the end of last season and the optimism surrounding our pre-season, we could never have imagined in our worst nightmare being in the position we are in now.

"The club has been in turmoil as a result of the change of head coach so early in the season.

"I have to take the blame for that. Clearly at least one of the decisions I made over the last several months was the wrong one.

"I believe this period of uncertainty is now over with the appointment of Gus Poyet.

"Gus' challenge at Sunderland is to establish stability, get what I consider to be a good squad of players together as a cohesive unit and to begin fighting or way back up the table.

"This will have to be a steady, one-game-at-a-time recovery."

Prior to Sunday's game, Sunderland have taken just one point from their first eight Premier League games, a run that leaves them bottom of the table.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

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