Adam Johnson hails Sunderland boss

Sunderland boss Paolo Di CanioFollowing the win at Newcastle, Adam Johnson believes Sunderland will go from strength to strength under their new boss Paolo Di Canio.

The appointment of the flamboyant Italian has been surrounded by controversy since he replaced the axed Martin O’Neill as manager but a 3-0 win at arch rivals Newcastle on Sunday means he has had plenty of accolades in the past few days.

The Black Cats are still in a relegation battle and cannot afford to get too carried away as they sit just three points above the drop zone, but Johnson is predicting a bright future.

He said: “The manager gives everyone confidence in the team. I don’t think there was a better way for the manager to win over the fans but they would probably have loved him anyway. Anyone with that amount of passion and love of the game is hard not to like.”

“He speaks to you individually and has spoken to me about things such as keeping the team’s shape, as he wants it to be perfect. He believes if the team have a good shape then we’ll score.
“Our shape on Sunday was excellent and we played off that. Newcastle just couldn’t live with us when we attacked.”

Johnson added: “I don’t think there was a better way for the manager to win over the fans but they would probably have loved him anyway. Anyone with that amount of passion and love of the game is hard not to like.”

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