Paolo Di Canio will be back, says David Moyes

David Moyes believes the experience Paolo Di Canio endured at Sunderland underlines the precarious nature of football management

Paolo Di Canio during the game against West Brom
Paolo Di Canio during the game against West Brom

David Moyes believes the experience Paolo Di Canio endured at Sunderland underlines the precarious nature of football management.

Di Canio became the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season after his side picked up only one point from their opening five games.

It was all a far cry from the April days after Di Canio’s arrival, when he masterminded a brilliant away win at rivals Newcastle United before turning over Moyes’ Everton outfit at the Stadium of Light, results that ended up being fundamental in keeping Sunderland up. “You go into a job and you have to live or die by your decisions,” said Moyes.

“Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I have no doubt Paolo Di Canio has a lot to offer in management.”

Kevin Ball has taken charge on a temporary basis, and Moyes acknowledges his side will not make it easy for Manchester United today. “We know Kevin Ball quite well,” said Moyes. “He has been at the club for a long time and has stepped in to help out before.

“He has had a couple of games in charge already so we have had a chance to see how Sunderland have played.”

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