Friday 23 March 2018

Tomato sauce back on Wearside menu

TOMATO sauce is back at the Academy of Light and players are once more allowed to use their mobile phones.

While it was the failure to build relationships of respect with his players that led to the uprising last weekend that ended with the dismissal of Paolo Di Canio, the removal of the smaller elements of the Italian's regime, by caretaker manager Kevin Ball, seems symbolic.

"I'll be honest with you, I wasn't aware that anything like that was banned," Ball said. "In terms of condiments, that's something that's always available and if they choose to have them, that's okay.

"I'm not saying: 'Haway lad, get yourself a bucket load of tomato sauce!' and they don't tend to use it, but you have to respect people and how they want to do things.

"If anyone wants a coffee, whether it's here or at home, they're going to have it aren't they? If they want a cup of tea, who am I to stop them? They're all going to be treated as individuals and as men.

"Phones are a fantastic tool, but it could have an adverse affect on you if you get a call or text as you're about to go out to train, that could upset your mindset, so what Paolo Di Canio was doing was nothing that we hadn't been doing already in terms of phones in certain areas."

Irish Independent

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