EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

EPL Manager Index | Wenger, Pellegrini, Villas Boas and Martinez climb

Ok so Week 8 won't go down as a classic Premier League week but there are still plenty of talking points for the Manager Impact Index. Before I forget, i'd like to welcome Gus Poyet to the Index and we'll catch up with his performance later. The difficulty with the Index in the early weeks was that a manager could be in 20th place, have a good week and climb up to the top 5.  This was an unavoidable side …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Sunderland appoint controversial Paolo Di Canio as new manager

Struggling Premier League side Sunderland have named Paolo Di Canio as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal. The controversial Italian took over on Sunday after the sacking of Martin O’Neil and has seven-league games to save  Sunderland from relegation and help them climb the table. Their last match saw The Black Cats slump to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United and left them in 16th position, one point from the relegation zone. This will be Di Canio’s …
Chelsea v Sunderland | Match Preview

Chelsea v Sunderland | Match Preview

Here it is, Paolo Di Canio’s first match in charge of Sunderland Football Club and they are away to the reigning European Champions, the fight to steer Sunderland away from relegation has begun for Di Canio. The Italian has been caught up in a media storm over his ‘fascist’ comments a few years ago and the media seem to be hounding him before he has even begun but will Sunderland be able to upset the apple cart at Stamford Bridge …
Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Di Canio's 4-2-4 Formation: Inspired tactically by Luigi Del Neri & Antonio Conte

Revolutions require time and aren’t painless. Paolo Di Canio started his revolution at Sunderland this summer and his overhaul has the goal to give club new culture and attitude. Fining players that didn’t attend shirt-signing sessions or arrive late for team meetings isn’t new to more structured clubs. Maybe it is in a club like Sunderland, where former managers Martin O'Neill and Steve Bruce embraced a more soft approach with first-team players. Changes have been made both in and outside …