Sunderland sacked their controversial manager Paolo Di Canio at the weekend so we asked people in Hartlepool what they think of the club’s decision.
David O’Reilly, 30, who is unemployed and lives in the town centre said: “He deserved to be sacked. He only got one point in five games and he’s a bit extreme. I think he made a mistake criticising his players in public as it doesn’t do any good for morale. I do actually find him quite funny though.”
Mike Davies, 26, who is unemployed and lives in the town centre said: “I think he should have been sacked. I’ve seen better managers in my time and I think another manager could come in and handle the team better. But I think it’s more about results than his management style. One point in five games is bad.”
George Armstrong, 83, a retired pipe fitter from the town said: “I predicted he would be sacked and I wish I’d had a bet on it. I’ve followed football all my life and managed a local team. He signed players that no one had heard of and were no good and now have to be got rid of, and results were bad.”
Fred Rowley, 64, a support worker from the town centre said: “They employed him to do a job but they haven’t given him a proper chance. Are they going to sack the back-room staff he brought with him? I know he’s a bit abrasive and not politically correct, but given time he might have done well.”