ESPN FC: Di Canio dumped
Steve Bruce has voiced his sympathy for axed Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio -- but said: "You cannot manage in the Premier League these days through a fear factor."
Di Canio was dismissed after just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats on Sunday after a 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion left them with one point from five Premier League games.
He has launched several outspoken attacks on his players this season, and Bruce, who was sacked by Sunderland in 2011, indicated to talkSPORT that his approach could have been a major part of his downfall.
"You cannot manage in the Premier League these days through a fear factor," the Hull manager said.
"You've got to be able to manage individuals. Man-management has become more relevant, in my experience, than coaching.
"Once you get yourself in the Premier League, they're all good players and you've got to find a way of getting the best out of them.
"It's never been my style to criticise anyone in public, and I'm disappointed for Paolo. A manager's lost his job."
Ex-Sunderland player Michael Gray told Sky he believed Di Canio's public criticism of his players had not helped his cause, adding: "I think that when you come in front of the camera and you criticise individual players... you can't do that in this day and age.
"I think when you start losing the players it can make it very hard for yourself."
Di Canio was appointed at the end of March with the club in danger of relegation, but gained two wins and two draws from the season's final eight games to steer them to safety.
He reshaped the squad heavily over the summer transfer window, but the changes failed to bring immediate dividends with a draw at Southampton giving Sunderland their solitary point to date.
Coach Kevin Ball, a former Sunderland captain, will act as caretaker, with the club saying a permanent replacement will be announced "in due course".
Former Chelsea and West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo is an early favourite to take over.