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Di Canio insists Sunderland players do not fear him

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio insists his players do not fear him.

Di Canio says his fiery personality does not make his players quake in their boots.

The Italian said: "The players cannot fear the manager. It's not possible. I don't kill ­people, I let them train.

"No, they are not worried. Obviously, they don't love me, and I told them they don't need to love me, they have to follow me and then they're going to be OK.

"Sometimes we have a fight and ­sometimes they drive me crazy, and then I'm going to get angry, but, to be honest, it is more like a family, with respect.

"Sometimes the son or the daughter goes away from the right road and I pull them back."

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