Di Canio's appointment was greeted with about as much joy as a trip to a dentist by Sunderland fans. The self-confessed fascist, who naturally doesn’t agree with any right wing politics, arrived into a media storm. The confusion over his political beliefs pretty much summed up his reign, loud, angry and slightly deluded.
Back to the point, I genuinely believe his sacking should be mourned. He embodies passion: can you honestly see David Moyes charging up to the fans arms raised in a totally non fascist way? I doubt it. He was reportedly hated by his players, openly hated by his fans but that all points to one thing, he’s definitely not boring.
Too many managers and players toe the line, watch their “ps and qs” and never step out of line. Di Canio didn’t care, and that’s why I love him. From fascist salutes during his playing days, pushing over a referee or breaking into his old office at Swindon, Di Canio is everything footballers or former footballers should be, absolutely mental. He is similar in his nature to Balotelli, he’s just completely unpredictable and likely to lose the plot at any given time; maybe it’s an Italian thing.
I don’t condone his behaviour but I certainly enjoy it. He’s a one man episode of Eastenders with an even funnier accent. With Sunderland rooted to the bottom of the table, you can see why he was sacked; I’d be surprised if another team took a gamble on the fiery Italian. His managerial methods appear bizarre, from banning anything from mobile phones to ketchup, he didn’t really endear himself to his players, but who cares? He certainly didn’t.
If he ever makes a return to the Premier League it should be greeted with joy. Saying that I wouldn’t want him at my club, he should be enjoyed from a distance, like fireworks only much more dangerous.
What is football supposed to be? Entertaining, looking beyond all of Di Canio’s flaws, of which they are many, you see a passionate man who just loves football, and what more can you ask for?
I’ll conclude with a quote from the man himself when he was asked to compare scoring a goal to life as a manager:
“It was a very exciting moment. It was like having sex with Madonna. I don’t know if this will be the same as a manager. Probably yes. It would be fantastic. Let me try it.”
Viva Di Canio...