Di Canio: Sunderland sacking’s made me stronger – and I’m ready for another job

Paolo Di Canio, ready for another job

Paolo Di Canio, ready for another job

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PAOLO Di Canio has absolved himself of blame for his divisive six months in charge of Sunderland and says he is ready for another job in England with the “right club and the right people”.

The 45-year-old was given the bullet at Sunderland in September after a record of just two wins in 12 Premier League games proved too much for American chairman Ellis Short to stomach.

But the Italian insists that he has no regrets about taking on the Sunderland job and says he has benefited from the experience.

“The sacking made me stronger,” he said. “I am my own worst critic.

“Sometimes a situation like this gives you a graduation.

“I think my level was too high for this situation.

“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.

“I cannot wait to have another chance in the right place with the right people who let me work my way.

“Now I am a better manager than before, much better.”

Like his successor at Sunderland, Gus Poyet, Di Canio could attract potential managerial offers abroad but is waiting in the hope of landing another job in England.

“Even if I have four requests around Europe, I don’t go,” he said.

“I will wait until the time in England when there is no more space for me.

“Otherwise, I wait.”

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