WHEN people look back on the brief and bizarre reign of Paolo Di Canio, the one game that is highlighted is sure to be the 3-0 win at St James’s Park.
But just one week later he got another great result when his team beat bogey side Everton by one goal to nil at the Stadium of Light.
Things were going so well for him at the time – two consecutive wins without conceding a goal and six points which were massive in terms of eventually beating the drop.
I remember the scenes after the Everton game being as good as any I’ve witnessed, nobody seemed to want to go home and the atmosphere was intoxicating.
Di Canio was in his element as, for the second match running he milked the applause from the fans long after the players had left the field and were in the dressing room.
Who could have known then that Di Canio would never win another game in charge of Sunderland, or survive long into the next season?
It just goes to show how quickly things can change in football.
One moment things are going as well as you could hope for, then suddenly you can’t buy a win, the dressing room revolts, and it’s all over.
A year on, Sunderland are a different team with a different man in charge, but the problems are just the same, with relegation now staring Sunderland in the face.
Di Canio’s time at Sunderland last for only 13 games which produced those two wins over Newcastle and Everton before he was sacked.
Poyet emulated Di Canio’s 3-0 win at St James’s Park and what he and every single Sunderland fan would give to match Di Canio’s only other win with a1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.