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Di Canio: I'm the man to motivate Sunderland

Paolo Di Canio insists he can motivate his Sunderland side to remain afloat in the Premier League.

The Black Cats sit 17th, just two points clear of 18th-placed Wigan Athletic, ahead of Monday night's meeting with Stoke City and Di Canio is looking for a positive response from his side who were 6-1 by Aston Villa last Monday.

The Italian made it clear he would not call in a sports psychologist to try and get his players up.

"I think it's down to me as I know the players and how to approach them," he said.

"It's for me to handle them after they win or lose, not a psychologist.

"They can help if a player has some difficulty but not to improve their ambition or desire. That comes from the leader and I lead them.

"I don't want to say you can't use a psychologist if someone has a problem outside football that reflects on their game.

"Some footballers panic when they can't drive a car. I had one player at Swindon who couldn't drive on the motorway.

"I can't help there. A psychologist would have knowledge to help.

"But in terms of ambition and desire, that comes from me, from (Sir Alex) Ferguson and (Jose) Mourinho. It comes from the manager. "

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