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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – American Owner Hires Italian Fascist To Run Premier League Team

Written by on April 2, 2013 | 7 Comments »
Posted in Sunderland

Late on Saturday evening news started to filter through that Sunderland’s American owner Ellis Short had decided to fire manager Martin O’Neill only sixteen months after he was hired.


O’Neill left the side pretty much in the same place as he found it. Although given the numbers of games remaining in the season, Sunderland’s position is far more precarious.

Over the last 38 games under O’Neill Sunderland had only collected… to read more please click on the link.

7 responses to “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up – American Owner Hires Italian Fascist To Run Premier League Team”

  1. John Bladen says:

    Didn’t see that one (di Canio) coming, Bobby.
    Normally relegation threatened clubs are looking for a bigger name manager to hopefully give them a ‘confidence’ bump. Hard to see di Canio making that happen.

    I don’t want to sound like I’m defending fascism or it’s appalling adherents, but given that many of our corporations and a good number of our politicians are actually behaving like fascists, perhaps we can at least credit di Canio with “owning” his conduct, rather than trying to be secretive about it.

    Have to admit I wondered why O’Neill – who had departed Villa ostensibly because he didn’t think the funds were available to compete – thought he might do better with Sunderland. It sounds like money was made available… but it isn’t only about money, of course, it’s how you spend it.

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    I was very critical of O’Neil when he quit Villa. It seemed as if he got a pass for quitting on his guys. If I remember correctly, he also quit right before the season began. I mean right before, so new manager was under the gun right away with no time to make changes.
    O’Neil was one of those managers where pundits say; “If he only had the money that the big boys had, or get a chance to manage a big club, he would be great.”
    I say, no.
    Sometimes you are what you are, and that’s not being demeaning or saying he’s a bad manager. I do know he’s a quiter.

    I’m a fan of Martinez at Wigan and Moyes at Everton. I would like both of them to grow in their profession. But, I’m not delusional in thinking that both will be great. Sometimes leading lesser quality to greater heights is your thing. A much different proposition in leading quality with expectations.

    As for diCanio, I thought it was an odd hire since it came so late. He’s a show, that will need time, that he doesn’t have here. Will he go down with them?
    Sunderland is in real trouble, and if them going down means Wigan staying up, I’m all for it. Although their fan base deserves better than they’ve gotten.

    As for the political tones who cares. As longas hhe’s not using press conferences and sideline to spew rhetoric, its all good. I may be polar opposites in beliefs, but to each his own.

  3. nothing wrong with that tackle whatsoever. Wasn’t high, late or dangerous. Simply a block tackle and Cronin’s momentum and physics took him where it did.

  4. Al Harris says:

    I seldom disagree with you, Bobby, but this may be the time. Agreed, the tackle wasn’t high, but not dangerous? His studs were showing, and Cronin’s ankle was in direct line of the ‘laws of physics’ even if he got the ball cleanly. If he had tackled with his tackling foot pronated so the studs were down, I would have agreed with you. As it is, I thought it was a foul. Hey, great minds can differ! 🙂

  5. Ed Gomes says:

    I may agree that it looked worst than it was, but a its a foul in today’s game.
    I’m a big believer in punishing divers, even if its through video after matches. But you have to protect players. If perception is that you don’t, mentality of clubs, managers, players and fans won’t help matters.

  6. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    I actually agree with Booby McMahon. It was not a foul, however the San Jose player could have shown some better awareness and tried to jump over the lunging Reo Coker. It was a 50-50 ball but Nigel was clearly much more determined to win that ball, Cronin took the brunt of the follow up really but Nigel wanted the ball more. Now let’s be honest, IF Cassano would have been at the receiving hand he would have rolled & rolled & rolled all the way from the USA back to Bari, Puglia. LMAO, I am a proud Italian but that challenge in the Serie A would have caused a brawl, players think of they’re bodies as assets to protect in a large game of monopoly, Reo Coker’s challenge would be frowned upon from a larger perspective as purely too risky…. it reminded me a bit of Cambiasso’s challenge on Giovinco in the dying minutes of the Juve v Inter game! CIAO!

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