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How Paolo Di Canio helped David Moyes duck the spot light

Crows were circling over Paolo Di Canio’s head over the last two weeks and his managerial death at Sunderland was predicted to come soon.  But it couldn’t have come at a better day for David Moyes and Co after a disastrous derby defeat. Paolo has grabbed a fair share of headlines sparing Manchester United to have some much needed cover.  In life or in death, Paolo is a front-page man.

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Paolo’s 13-game run at Sunderland came to a conclusion yesterday after an alleged bust-up with a couple of senior players. His sacking was deemed to happen sooner or later simply for the man he is; combustible and crazy.  He ruled the club by fear much like Roy Keane did in his tenure as manager. Both managers are infamous for their public lambasting of their players which ultimately resulted in losing the dressing room and their job. No matter how great a manager is, once he loses the faith and good will of the players in the dressing room, their job is immediately under threat. You don’t need to look no further than Jose Mourinho for examples. The rift Jose so constructively created in Real’s dressing room ended in costing him his job.

Sunderland players and staffs would be glad to see the back of Di Canio and would breathe a huge sigh of relief. It is understood Roberto Di Matteo is among the early contenders to succeed him.

Moyes, though, is not completely out of the media radar. But more than Moyes his players are getting an earful from fans and media. I expected United to nick a narrow victory in the derby considering the Champions League form, but after watching the game, I don’t have sufficient words to describe their absolutely shambolic display. I don’t understand why Ashley Young is still playing for Manchester United. United should put up a clearance sale this summer and I want Young, Anderson and even Nani to be sold in a mega discount sale.

But the good thing for Manchester United is, apart from the timely help from Paolo Di Canio, there is a genuine chance to redeem themselves as early as Wednesday when they meet arch rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford in the League Cup. What if they lose?…

P.S: League Cup match against Liverpool is telecasted in India by Ten Action Channel

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