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Paolo Di Canio the first but not the last

By Steven Beacom

Paolo Di Canio became the first Premier League managerial casualty of the season at the weekend.

Due to his antics, combined with poor results, it became a question of when, not if, he would get the boot from Sunderland.

A sacking in September is not the norm, though, even at the alarming rate which bosses are dismissed nowadays.

Usually owners wait until the next month before firing their manager. Call it "the shunt in red October!"

With so many millions to be made by staying in the Premier League, chairmen tend to get a little trigger happy before the winter sets in. If I were Martin Jol at Fulham, Chris Hughton at Norwich, Ian Holloway at Palace and even big Sam Allardyce at West Ham, I'd be getting worried.

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