Allardyce questions knee-jerk decision to dismiss Di Canio

WEST Ham boss Sam Allardyce has questioned the logic in the sacking of the club’s former striker Paolo Di Canio by Sunderland on Sunday.

Allardyce prepares to take charge of his 100th Hammers game against Cardiff in the Capital One Cup tonight and has sympathy for Di Canio, who was in the Sunderland hot-seat for just 13 matches.

Senior players at the Stadium of Light were believed to have met with club chief executive Margaret Byrne to complain about the Italian’s management style following their

3-0 defeat to West Brom on Saturday.

But Allardyce is disappointed at Di Canio’s “knee-jerk” sacking.

“I find it very difficult to see where the logic lies in it, particularly when there has been a full clear-out [of backroom staff],” he said. “What you fear for is the sack, it is a survival game. Young managers who come in have got to learn how to survive then evolve.

“When it is seen to be 100 games and well done it worries me.”