Pardew sad to see Di Canio go

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has expressed his disappointment at rivals Sunderland's decision to dismiss Paolo Di Canio.

Last Updated: 25/09/13 at 19:07 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Greets Paolo Di Canio on derby day in April

Alan Pardew: Greets Paolo Di Canio on derby day in April

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Di Canio guided the Black Cats to a famous 3-0 victory at St James' Park back in mid-April - a result that was crucial in securing their Premier League status.

However, the Italian's reign on Wearside came to an end after just six months on Sunday when he was sacked following reports of severe dressing-room unrest.

Pardew is due to take his Magpies side to the Stadium of Light in a little over a month's time, by which time a new manager will be at the Sunderland helm.

After Arsene Wenger, Pardew is the second longest-serving top-flight boss, having been in the job at Newcastle since December 2010.

Speaking of Di Canio's dismissal, he said: "With my LMA (League Managers Association) hat on, I was disappointed, because he attacked the job with passion and enthusiasm, and it hasn't worked out.

"So there's some sympathy for him and the club, and I wish them well.

"I'm not going to throw any criticism at what Paolo did at Sunderland. He entered the job with good faith, and he did an honest job, which is what he thought was right, and I'm sad to see him go."

Still livid

Newcastle host Leeds United in the Capital One Cup third round on Wednesday night, with Pardew hoping his side can bounce back quickly after the disappointment of losing 3-2 at home to Hull in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Toon boss says he is still fuming after that defeat and has vowed to freshen up his line-up against Brian McDermott's Championship visitors.

"This will be a team that makes up for a disappointing game on Saturday," said Pardew.

"I'm still livid about that result, so make no mistake, we will be at the races.

"I'm so disappointed about Saturday, I can't begin to tell you. It hurts me to tell you now, three days later.

"We had a great opportunity to get into the top four, which might not come around again. We need to put that right against a club of great magnitude, which deserves to be in the Premier League."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

T

he 'where does it end' argument is an absurd one and completely misses the point of the Rooney Rule, which applies to all minorities. It doesn't force any team to appoint anyone, it merely requires them to interview at least one minority candidate.

foreverlostsoul
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

Y

ou make a lot of good points, but I still find myself instinctively against anything that makes it easier for Paul Ince to get managerial roles

stevenjameshyde
No Good Reason Not To Try The Rooney Rule

W

ow, that is so noble of you Rio. You're such an amazing guy, and so handsome too. Everyone wishes they were like the fantastic Rio Ferdinand.

Petulant_Radish
Rio: No grudge with 'gent' Moyes

Footer 365

European Qualifiers: Nathaniel Clyne in England squad as Daniel Sturridge is omitted

Nathaniel Clyne has been named in England's squad for the European qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

England Under-21: Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers in Euro play-offs squad

Saido Berahino, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been named in the England Under-21 squad for the Euro U21 playoffs.

Premier League: Vincent Kompany defends Manchester City colleague Yaya Toure

Vincent Kompany has defended Man City team-mate Yaya Toure from criticism over his form, saying he remains a key figure.

Mail Box

Danny, Champion Of Arsenal's World

It's a Mailbox filled with Liverpool glumness, but happiness surrounding Danny, champion of Arsenal's world. Plus, can someone try and teach Balotelli the offside rule?

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...

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