Di Canio approach outdated – Bruce

first_img Di Canio’s controversial reign proved a brief one as he parted company with the club after only 13 matches, his exit coming little more than 24 hours after a 3-0 defeat at West Brom left them rooted to the bottom of the table with one point from five games. It is believed the Italian’s strict regime, unpopular with his players, was key to his departure. Critics rounded on Di Canio’s alleged fascist sympathies, prompting the club to make a stout defence of their new manager. After debates about his political views had died down, Di Canio kept Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League thanks in part to a memorable 3-0 victory over rivals Newcastle at St James’ Park, but little else in his regime went right. Former Sunderland captain Kevin Ball, currently on the club’s coaching staff, steps in to lead the team on a short-term basis, with the club saying a permanent replacement for Di Canio will be announced “in due course”. Bookmakers immediately rated former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo as favourite, narrowly ahead of Gus Poyet, previously boss at Brighton. The new man will face considerable challenges early in his tenure. Sunderland recruited 14 new players during the summer transfer window, several for the first-team squad but others for the development ranks, but the new-look group is yet to gel. Just as important as those who arrived were those who left. Having already lost loan signing Danny Rose following his return to Tottenham, they sold goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool and, on deadline day, Stephane Sessegnon to West Brom. It meant they had lost arguably three of their most effective players. Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea are next up in the league, offering little hope of an immediate turnaround in fortunes. Former Sunderland defender Michael Gray admits he was taken aback by the decision to part company with Di Canio and feels the Italian should have been given longer to try to turn things round. “I’m surprised that Paolo’s lost his job,” Gray told Sky Sports News. “You obviously don’t get time in the Premier League to let the players gel, you’ve got to hit the ground running and obviously they haven’t done that. It’s been a disappointing start but I still think he should have been given a lot more time than he has been.” However, Gray, who played for Sunderland for over a decade up until 2004, also feels that Di Canio did not help himself with his public criticism of players. “I think that when you come in front of the camera and you criticise individual players, it’s something you’ve got to learn from, you can’t do that in this day and age,” he said. “Dressing rooms can be very strong if you’ve got strong characters in there and Sunderland have certainly got that in the likes of John O’Shea, who’s the captain at the club, and when you come out and criticise him publicly that filters through to the rest of the players in the dressing room and I think when you start losing the players it can make it very hard for yourself.” Press Association “You cannot manage in the Premier League these days through a fear factor,” Bruce told talkSPORT. “You’ve got to be able to manage individuals. “Man management has become more relevant in my experience than coaching. “Once you get yourself in the Premier League, they’re all good players and you’ve got to find a way of getting the best out of them. “It’s never been my style to criticise anyone in public and I’m disappointed for Paolo. He’s a character. A manager’s lost his job. Management is a lonely place and he’s lost his job this morning. I feel sorry for any manager in that position. I’ve gone through it and it’s not nice.” Bruce managed Sunderland from 2009 to 2011, taking over after the arrival of current owner Ellis Short, but working under then chairman Niall Quinn. He believes the club’s approach has changed since Quinn left and Short took over as chairman himself. “When I first went there with Niall, everything we did was run through Niall and (Short) was a bit stepped back,” he said. “Since he has become chairman he seems much more hands on now. I’m not privy to too much but when I was there all I did was answer to Niall.” Short’s next task is to find a replacement for the man he appointed in a storm of controversy last year. Former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce believes Paolo Di Canio paid the price for an outdated management style after being ousted by the Black Cats on Sunday night.last_img read more

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PKL season 7: Narwal, Kumar & Sehrawat top raiders this season

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Last Updated: 11th September, 2019 21:58 IST PKL Season 7: Narwal, Kumar & Sehrawat Top Raiders This Season It’s been two months since the start of PKL season 7 and until now we have seen many incredible performances. So, here are top 3 raiders of Pro Kabaddi league. COMMENT First Published: 11th September, 2019 16:21 IST Written Bycenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE It’s been two months since the start of Pro Kabaddi League season seven. Dabang Delhi K.C. is currently leading the points table with 59 points, and Patna Pirates are at the last spot with only 25 points. However, Patna Pirates recently defeated Tamil Thalaivas all thanks to their star raider Pardeep Narwal who created history by becoming the first player to score 1,000 raid points in Pro Kabaddi League. Though Narwal created a record, he is still not the player with highest Raid point this season.Read l Virat Kohli sings the National Anthem ahead of Pro Kabaddi League match, netizens reactHere are top 3 raiders of Pro Kabaddi League 2019: #3. Pardeep NarwalPardeep Narwal created history by becoming the first player to score 1,000 raid points in Pro Kabaddi League. However, he stands at the third position when it comes to scoring highest raid points this season. Until now, Pardeep Narwal has scored 158 points for Patna Pirates. The raider created history on the 45th day of Pro Kabaddi 2019. His raid points helped Patna Pirates defeat Tamil Thalaivas by 51-26 on Monday at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. While talking about the same at the post-match conference, Pradeep said. “I am feeling really good to have crossed 1000 raid points. It’s the most by any player in the league, so I am happy.”Read l It’s ‘Kabaddi time’ for Kangana Ranaut as she starts practice sessions for ‘Panga’#2. Naveen KumarExhibiting an excellent performance for the last couple of matches, Naveen Kumar has a total of 174 raid points to his name. Naveen Kumar recently showcased a solid performance and scored 17 raid points for Dabang Delhi K.C. while going up against the Tamil Thalaivas. Because of Naveen Kumar’s performance, Delhi K.C. succeeds to become the first team to score 50 points at a match in Pro Kabaddi League 2019.Read l ASIAN GAMES 2018: India suffer twin heartbreaks in Kabaddi against Iran#1. Pawan Kumar SehrawatPawan Kumar Sehrawat is at the top of raiding points table with 187 points. Pawan exhibited a stunning 29-point performance against the Bengal Warriors– the third-highest individual score by a single player in a match in Pro Kabaddi history. This proves that the raid machine of Bengaluru Bulls is at the peak of his game this season. Talking about his records, Pawan said, “I play for the team, not records. I play according to the match situation. Towards the end, our defence was outstanding. Records are not as important as the team is. So, ‘team-first’ is my mindset.”Read l ASIAN GAMES 2018: Blame game starts within Indian Kabaddi team as head coach Ram Mehar Singh blasts “overconfident” captain Ajay Thakur Adil Khan last_img read more

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