Paolo di Canio says Sunderland are safe thanks to him.
Di Canio replaced the sacked Martin Oâ€™Neill at the end of March with a seven-game mission to escape relegation.
And asked if the club would have gone down without him, he said: â€œI think yes. I have to be Âhonest.
â€œImprovement: 1.3 points per game instead of one point per game.
â€œWe would have finished in the top ten if we had played like that for the whole season.
â€œEight points in six games and without our injured top Âscorer Steven Fletcher. In my opinion, six games ago this team was down.â€™â€™