Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Di Canio Has Never Been in Charge for a Game like This; Keegan Hints That Italian's Managerial Inexperience Could Hamper Struggling Cats in Derby

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Di Canio Has Never Been in Charge for a Game like This; Keegan Hints That Italian's Managerial Inexperience Could Hamper Struggling Cats in Derby

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Byline: LEE RYDER

KEVIN KEEGAN has warned Paolo Di Canio that his inexperience might prove to be costly in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

The Newcastle United legend had a 100% win record as Toon boss in the North East derby and knows that relegation-haunted Sunderland head to Tyneside under immense pressure to avoid what would be a disastrous drop into the Championship.

Top-flight clubs will bank an PS60m jackpot next term due to the Premier League's new TV deal and the struggling Wearsiders are in danger of missing out.

Speaking at the Soccerex conference this week, Keegan said: "I don't care what you say, Paolo Di Canio has not managed in the Premier League.

"He has played in games like this but not managed in one like this so you've got all those things to throw in the mix.

"Paolo Di Canio played in a lot of derbies that have had atmospheres.

"As a manager they are really exciting if you're from the North East. It might be a good thing he is not.

"It might be a good thing that Alan (Pardew) isn't.

"They are detached from it. "I always used to worry that Geordies might get over-hyped because it means that much to them.

"Everyone has to keep composed even though everything around you is wild."

Keegan knows that Di Canio will arrive to a Geordie crowd baying for Sunderland blood - but KK wants to see both clubs stay up.

Looking ahead to the big game, he said: "The Newcastle fans will want to see Sunderland relegated.

"It would be vice-versa if Sunderland were safe and Newcastle were there.

"It'll be a great game. I personally would like to see both teams stay up."

Keegan was the man who spared Newcastle the ignominy of dropping into third-tier football in 1992.

Relegation from the top-flight has been a concern all season at St James'.

But the man dubbed the Messiah by fans said: "I think Newcastle are assured (of safety) and if I was a player, you want to play in these games. …

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