Paolo Di Canio has hit out at Sunderland’s decision to sack him.
The controversial Italian was given his marching orders following the Black Cats’ 3-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom last month after a woeful start to the Premier League season.
The Stadium of Light-based side still sit at the foot of the table – with caretaker boss Kevin Ball having overseen one game since his predecessor’s departure – with just one point.
Rumours suggest a player revolt had a major bearing on Sunderland’s decision to relieve Di Canio of his duties, with a number of senior member of the squad frustrated by his man management technique and public criticism of poor displays.
Many fans have been buoyed by the ex-Swindon Town manager’s exit, but the man himself believes that he deserved more time at the club after helping them to avoid relegation last term.
“When I joined the club last season with the aim of saving them from relegation I was happy to be offered the opportunity to manage in the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.
“I walked into a challenging situation but achieved what I was asked to do, the highlight of which was the fantastic performance and win against Newcastle, which is something I will always remember.
“When you bring in 14 new players, many from overseas and very few with Premiership experience it is going to take time for them to adapt to the English game and to gel as a team.
“As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire.
“There has been a lot written in the media in recent days, much of it wholly untrue. There was no training ground bust up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them to improve as footballers.
“We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around.”
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