Di Canio explains Sess sale

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has confirmed he decided to sell Stephane Sessegnon after being left unimpressed by the player's 'desire and attitude'.

Last Updated: 17/09/13 at 09:15 Post Comment

Stephane Sessegnon: Player's attitude did not impress Paolo Di Canio

Stephane Sessegnon: Player's attitude did not impress Paolo Di Canio

West Bromwich Albion spent a club record fee to sign Sessegnon on transfer deadline day after Di Canio had previously stated the Benin international was not for sale.

However, Di Canio was not satisfied with Sessegnon's performances in the opening game of the season and he decided it was the right time to part ways.

"Always know this - that purely as a player, I wanted to keep him," Di Canio told the Sunderland Echo. "But he did not make me enjoy the first three games in the league this season - he was a surprising negative in our performances.

"And then I said, OK, I think after three years, if a player is not showing the desire, if he is not home-grown or does not belong to this club, it is easy for a big player to lose his desire.

"He becomes so that he struggles to give more than 60 per cent in anything - on or off the pitch. So when they told me there was this chance for him to move, I decided we should take it. Best of luck to him."

Sessegnon's arrest on suspicion of drink-driving on the same night Sunderland were playing MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last month also helped to make up Di Canio's mind.

The Italian added: "I tried to keep him but then I saw how he was in our games and I was not impressed with his desire, or his attitude.

"And then in our cup game - a crucial game for us, a game to give confidence to everybody - he was 20 miles away from the Stadium of Light and not with family

"That was the final situation which gave me the chance to decide that I couldn't insist on him staying, because as a manager I have to be more intelligent."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Queens Park Rangers draw 2-2 with Stoke at Loftus Road

Niko Kranjcar’s late free-kick secured QPR a 2-2 draw at home to Stoke to spoil Mark Hughes’ return to Loftus Road.

Premier League: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wary over a lack of European football

Louis Van Gaal believes a lack of Champions League football this season could damage Manchester United’s title hopes.

Premier League: Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by Yaya Toure's form

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns over the form or commitment of midfielder Yaya Toure.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

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