‘Newcastle drubbing will be a fond memory – but Di Canio’s approach failed at Sunderland’ – fanzine editor

Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme has joined the development board of SAFC Foundation
Martyn McFadden from A Love Supreme has joined the development board of SAFC Foundation
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SUNDERLAND fanzine editor Martyn McFadden has said Di Canio will be remembered with mixed feelings in Sunderland.

The A Love Supreme boss admitted Di Canio would always be remembered fondly for his 3-0 derby victory at Newcastle in just his second game in charge, but conceded his approach had simply not worked.

McFadden said: “I feel the players have turned against him, staged a mini-coup. But I guess only they know what he’s like to work with at the end of the day.

“In any job, whether it’s in a flower shop or being a millionaire footballer working for a multi-million pound business, if you tell people they are rubbish and abuse them in public, they won’t improve their performance.

“He was a drama queen, constantly attracting attention, asking the referee to send him off against Arsenal when we actually had a free-kick in a position where we could have scored a goal and possibly push for a draw in the last couple of minutes.

“It was all about him. He had to be the centre of attention.”