Johnson backs Sunderland boss

Adam Johnson (Sunderland)Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has backed boss Paolo Di Canio after he came under fire for his hard line approach to management.

The Italian has hit out at the poor discipline at the club recently and it is understood seven players have been hit by fines in the past week for various misdemeanours.

That has led to some players complaining to the Players’ Union, the PFA, who have warned Di Canio that he cannot make up discipline as he goes along and must observe established rules.

Johnson, though, backs his manager’s approach, telling the Northern Echo: “He’s come in and managers have new things that they want to do.

“The gaffer is big on discipline and if it means us getting more wins, I’m all for it.

“There’s nothing worse than losing game after game after game after game all season. I haven’t been used to that in my career, so it’s been difficult,” the former Manchester City winger added.

“It’s been poor, very poor, I think. The table doesn’t lie. I think the only thing that we can say is that the only way is up for us now.

“We can’t get any lower to be honest.

“We survived and now next season all we can do is progress. That’s the positive way of looking at it.”

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