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Di Canio assured of Sunderland's Premier League survival

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is supremely confident he can keep the club in the Premier League this season.

The Black Cats sit one point above the drop zone with eight matches remaining and although it will be a tight battle, Di Canio is of the belief that there is enough quality at the Stadium of Light to stave off relegation.

"It's clear that it was a shock but this if football because I know that when there is a shock somebody is happy and somebody is unhappy. It depends who came here under Martin O'Neill," he told Sky Sports after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal on Sunday night.

"It's a typical situation, but we are here for a mission, the same mission and that is to keep the club in the Premier League.

"So obviously, I want the maximum ability and I have to be honest, I found a good bunch of lads with the desire and it's obvious that we are going to change a bit of the philosophy during training because I want maximum dedication and collaboration.

"To be honest, there is a foundation which is already very good. We have five or six players with a very professional ethic. We want to get out of this situation as soon as we can."

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