Sunderland star dismisses talk of rift

John O'Shea (Sunderland)Sunderland defender John O’Shea is adamant that there is not ill feeling between himself and Paolo Di Canio.

The controversial Italian manager openly criticised the Irishman following the Black Cats’ defeat to Crystal Palace.

The former Manchester United man conceded a needless penalty at Selhurst Park, and was issued a red card for his challenge.

This contributed heavily to the loss, and led Di Canio to launch into an astonishing attack on his skipper after the game.

But, O’Shea says that there is no rift between the pair now, with his boss having apologised for his actions:

“He rang me the next day and all is nice. Getting criticised is one of those things and that is his style of management.” He is quoted by the Daily Star.

“What he had to say to me is private but let me put it to you this way, it was him calling me.

“The criticism does not bother me in the slightest.

“It is water off a duck’s back to someone like me.

“Because he is such a passionate man, everything he does is getting hyped up.

“The only thing I am annoyed about is the fact that I let the team down.”

Di Canio is known for his unique approach to management, and was often criticised for his style while at former club Swindon Town.

The Italian guided Sunderland clear of relegation after taking over at the Stadium of Light late last season and has now moulded his squad into his own unite with the introduction of 14 new players over the summer.

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