Pablo Di Canio appointed Sunderland boss, non-executive chairman Miliband resigns

Pablo Di Canio has been appointed the manager of Sunderland following the sacking of Martin O’Neill. Di Canio was recently sacked from his post as the manager of Swindon Town after a run of eight games without a win. The volatile forty-four-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Sunderland, and his job will be to guide the club away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Speaking through Sunderland’s official website, Sunderland chairman Ellis Short welcomed Di Canio to the club, “Paolo is hugely enthused by the challenge that lies ahead of him,” Short said. “He is passionate, driven and raring to get started.

“The sole focus of everyone for the next seven games will be to ensure we gain enough points to maintain our top-flight status. I think that the chances of that are greatly increased with Paolo joining us.

“Our fans have shown tremendous patience and understanding this season. They have continued to back the team in huge numbers, both home and away, and that is something that continues to inspire all of us in our drive to give them the successful club they deserve. That remains our primary aim.”

Di Canio’s appointment has already proven controversial, with non-executive vice chairman David Miliband stepping down from his position because of Di Canio’s arrival. “I wish Sunderland AFC all success in the future,” Miliband said. “It is a great institution that does a huge amount for the North East and I wish the team very well over the next vital seven games. However, in the light of the new manager’s past political statements, I think it right to step down.” Continue reading

MOTD- Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool have come back from behind to earn a good 2-1 win over Aston Villa, who now have dropped down into the relegation zone. Liverpool started the match dominantly, with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho both starting the match very brightly. Stewart Downing whizzed a shot on goal in the second minute, and Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan easily made the save. Despite Liverpool seeing most of the ball Villa got the first big chance of the match when Joseph Bennet swung in a superb cross from the left and Glen Johnson failed to clear the ball at the front post. The ball fell right in front of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke, but neither of them could tap it in from point-blank range.

Villa got a rare chance in the sixteenth minute, when Matthew Lowton swung a magnificent low cross into the Liverpool box. Agbonlahor lathed on to the cross six yards out from goal, and hit a shot straight at Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina who parried it wide for the Liverpool defense to clear. Liverpool stayed on top though, and Suarez almost found the back of the net with a low shot that Guzan had to get down low to save. In the twenty-fourth minute Suarez got another chance when Coutinho played him in on goal from the left. Suarez should have shot with his left, but let it run across his body to shoot with his right, which gave time for Bennet to disrupt his shot. Continue reading

Saturday Match Roundup

Today there have been some exciting matches, including Bayern Munich amazingly beating Hamburg 9-2.  So here are the scores.

English Premier League
Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United
Arsenal 4-1 Reading
Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle United
Southampton 2-1 Chelsea- Southampton seal an amazing win over Chelsea as The Blues fall into fourth place in the Premier League behind Tottenham.  Has Benitez’s time run out?
Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur- Tottenham secure a good win over Swansea to take them four points
West Ham United 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Wigan Athletic 1-0 Norwich City
Everton 1-0 Stoke City

Spanish La Liga
Rayo Vallecano 1-3 Malaga
Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona- Eighteenth place Celta Vigo manage a outstanding draw against arguably the best team in the world, Barcelona
Real Zaragoza 1-1 Real Madrid- Zaragoza seal an amazing win as Madrid miss the chance to make things slightly less comfortable for Barcelona
Levante 1-0 Sevilla FC

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MOTD preview- Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool are set to take on Aston Villa at Villa Park, with Liverpool hoping that the international break doesn’t fatigue their squad. The Reds has multiple players out on international duty, including Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, and Daniel Sturridge all away. Villa didn’t have many players away on international duty, but Darren Bent, Nathan Baker, and Karim El Ahmadi all out due to injury. The last time the two clubs met Aston Villa got a memorable 3-1 win, and amazingly Liverpool have only won once in the last four meeting between the two clubs. Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s top scorer, and has already scored thirty-six goals for The Reds so far this season. Whether Suarez adds to his goal tally or not, the match is sure to be exciting, so look out for my full time review, right here on Football Every Day!

Sunderland sack Martin O’Neill

Sunderland have sacked manager Martin O’Neill following the club’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United. The club’s owner has been loyal to O’Niell through his stay at the Stadium of Light, but has axed the Northern Irish manager with Sunderland winless in eight matches and only one point above the relegation zone.

“Sunderland AFC has announced that it has parted company with manager Martin O’Neill this evening,” a statement on Sunderland’s official website read.

“The club would like to place on record its thanks to Martin and wishes him well for the future. An announcement will be made in the coming days regarding a successor.”

O’Neill took over at the club in December 2011, and successfully guided the club out of the relegation zone to end up in 13th place in the 2011/2012 season. But without a win in eight matches and with a tough run of fixtures (against Chelsea, Newcastle United and Everton) ahead of them, Sunderland have “parted” with the sixty-one-year-old. Sunderland currently sit in sixteenth place in the Premier League, only one point above the relegation zone, and could have a tough time staying up this season.

O’Neill’s most likely successors will be either former England boss Steve McClaren, with Paolo Di Canio, Roberto Di Matteo and Mark Hughes also among the rumoured contenders for the top spot.

MOTD- Swansea City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham have gotten a good 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, with Spurs rising above Chelsea into thir place in the Premier League. Tottenham started the match on top, and amazingly took the lead in the sixth minute when Jan Vertonghen played the ball to Gareth Bale in the center of the Swansea half. Vertonghen ventured forward, and Bale chipped the ball above the Swansea defense to Vertonghen. The center-back took the ball out of the air, and coolly volleyed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to put Tottenham 1-0 up. Spurs started to dominate possession, with Swansea starting to fall out of the match. Tottenham almost doubled their lead in the twelfth minute when a brilliant through ball put Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international took the ball into the box, and hit a low shot on goal, but the shot was easily saved by an oncoming Vorm.

Spurs stayed on top, and doubled their lead in the twentieth minute when Vertonghen played the ball to Bale right outside the Swansea box. Bale hit a beautiful first-time outside of the boot shot that curled into the corner of the net leaving Vorm hapless. Swansea started to get themselves back into the match, but needed a miracle to come back into the match before halftime. The Swans almost scored in the thirtieth minute when Nathan Dyer met a cross form two yards out from goal. Dyer’s header looked like it was in, but hit the top crossbar and bounced wide. Tottenham slowed the tempo of the match, and neither side could score again before the break, and after two minutes of injury time, the first half ended 2-0. Continue reading

MOTD halftime- Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur are up 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium, with Swansea needing a small miracle to get themselves back into the match. Tottenham started the match on top, and amazingly took the lead in the sixth minute when Jan Vertonghen played the ball to Gareth Bale in the center of the Swansea half. Vertonghen ventured forward, and Bale chipped the ball above the Swansea defense to Vertonghen. The center-back took the ball out of the air, and coolly volleyed past Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to put Tottenham 1-0 up. Spurs started to dominate possession, with Swansea starting to fall out of the match. Tottenham almost doubled their lead in the twelfth minute when a brilliant through ball put Emmanuel Adebayor. The Togo international took the ball into the box, and hit a low shot on goal, but the shot was easily saved by an oncoming Vorm.

Spurs stayed on top, and doubled their lead in the twentieth minute when Vertonghen played the ball to Bale right outside the Swansea box. Bale hit a beautiful first-time outside of the boot shot that curled into the corner of the net leaving Vorm hapless. Swansea started to get themselves back into the match, but needed a miracle to come back into the match before halftime. The Swans almost scored in the thirtieth minute when Nathan Dyer met a cross form two yards out from goal. Dyer’s header looked like it was in, but hit the top crossbar and bounced wide. Tottenham slowed the tempo of the match, and neither side could score again before the break, and after two minutes of injury time, the first half ended 2-0.