Di Canio surprised by Sunderland struggles

Paolo di Canio admits he's surprised to see Sunderland struggling.

Paolo di Canio admits he's surprised to see Sunderland struggling.

Di Canio admits he cannot understand how the club have sunk so low in the Premier League — because he is sure the quality is there to get out of it.

He said: “I don’t know what has happened here but with the players we’ve got I can’t imagine why we are only one point above the relegation zone.

“It is obvious it was a shock to the players to see me. I have been in that situation as a footballer before.

“Maybe two or three players for instance will not be happy because they had a good relationship with the previous manager, that is natural. Others might be happier because they were not involved before.

“I had a chat with them on the first day for 20 minutes and then we had a really good session.

“They responded in a really good way with fantastic commitment. It is obvious we are going to change our philosophy.”

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