PAOLO Di Canio said he stood in front of Sunderland fans for minutes after the game at West Bromwich Albion in order to help them vent their frustrations.
Sunderland’s head coach sympathised with their anger following yesterday’s 3-0 defeat and says he is determined to turn the bottom-of-the-table club around and get those supporters smiling again.
“When we lost and because it’s obvious I’m the person most responsible, I have to accept that,” said the Italian, who has managed to pick up just one point from the first five Premier League games.
“We did very bad and we have to accept the consequences of that.
“And sometimes you can also help people push out their anger and feel better by doing something like standing there because it is obviously a very, very bad day for everybody.
“It’s a difficult moment for people to keep on believing, but I accept my responsibility and I keep going.”
After the 3-0 defeat to an Albion side who started the day in second-bottom spot, the Sunderland head coach identified fragile confidence as a problem but said the real challenge lay in getting a vastly-changed squad to gel.
“We played well for 20 minutes but then lost our way with the goal,” he noted.
“This has happened to me at West Ham, where confidence drains away after a setback.
“You need a win or two to change that, but, at the moment, the most pressing thing for us is to get understandings in the team.
“We have 14 new players from many different countries and communication is something we need to tackle.”
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