Poor decision imo. Poyet isn't perfect but he would have kept Sunderland up. Now if Sunderland want more then it's a big risk. Then again maybe a year or two in the second tier will tidy the place nice and proper but I don't think it will.
Still reckon they'll stay up whoever takes charge.
I'm not sure where to class Poyet in the Premiership bracket. He's a reasonable tactically astute individual but he seems to fall in a certain sense of lethargy when things are going according to plan. Maybe this brings complete and utter complacency within the ranks which has led to this terrible run of form. What is true is that he showed his true colours last season as Sunderland were down and out with a horrid fixture run-in but he still kept them up. Maybe he's a interim kind of guy. Bring him in when the ship is sinking and that the fire needs to be quenched but get rid as soon as the waters are kind.4 wins in 29 league games. Sacking a top flight manager with that record will never be a poor decision.
His relationship with the fans was already strained so after what happened on Saturday he couldn't stay. We have average premier league players and he wanted us to play passing possession football it was always going to end badly, we just can't do that. We need a complete rebuild and going down may not be the worst thing for us.
Well the difference is 3 points (and not 3%, that's a statistical misconception).What's the difference? Poyet's win percentage was around 26% and Di Canio's was 23%.
They usually respond well to a kick up the arse. The home games against Newcastle, Palace and Leicester are crucial.I reckon you're like we were three years ago. Knew we didn't want McCarthy anymore but didn't really know what we did want. Ultimately, we ruined the reputations of three managers.... Will Advocaat be able to shake up the 'average" PL players?
What!? On March 31, 2013, Sunderland were in 16th place on 31 points, Wigan were 17th on 30 and Villa 18th on 30. How is that "hardly troubled by the relegation zone"?Well the difference is 3 points (and not 3%, that's a statistical misconception).
Paolo Di Canio was appointed Sunderland manager on March 31, 2013. At the time Sunderland were in awful form but were still hardly troubled by the relegation zone. Di Canio did have a decent record with Sunderland but the fixture list wasn't exactly daunting. First he had to play at Newcastle, a game Sunderland easily won 3-0. However, this didn't stop Sunderland from heavily losing 1-6 to... Villa. By then Sunderland were more than safe as Wigan were more concerned about their impending FA Cup final against Manchester City than survival. In the end, Sunderland didn't win a single game in their last 4 encounters which doesn't say a lot about Di Canio record.
Gustavo Poyet inherited a poor squad who were not very happy under Paolo Di Canio and didn't get going with Sunderland until very late in the season. Sunderland were bottom with 6 games to go after losing back-to-back games to Spurs and Everton. Many managers would have folded and waited for the axe but Poyet kept believing, got 7 points from a possible 9 from trips to Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United (if you don't find that impressive, get your head checked) and won relegation 6-pointers against Cardiff and West Brom. In those last 6 games Poyet earned 13 points from a possible 18!
Poyet keeping Sunderland up last season was nothing short of astonishing. Di Canio had a piss easy fixture list with the bottom 3 already down.
Really, you look at it and I'm not sure Poyet could realistically be doing much better.
Looking at the fixture list, it didn't look likely that 2 other teams would be able to overtake them. Of course it's easy to say that in hindsight but that's how it felt like to me at the time.What!? On March 31, 2013, Sunderland were in 16th place on 31 points, Wigan were 17th on 30 and Villa 18th on 30. How is that "hardly troubled by the relegation zone"?
Why are you judging Poyet's "astonishing" reign on just five games, but not Di Canio's? The fact is they both came in and improved form in the short term, like what often happens with new managers, but in the long run they were both terrible and did nothing to improve the club's fortunes.