PAOLO Di Canio insists he is pleased to see Sunderland remain in the Premier League.
Di Canio was sacked as Sunderland boss just five games into the campaign after a dressing room revolt against his management prompted the club’s hierachy to end his six-month stint in charge.
It required a stunning turnaround under successor Gus Poyet to save Sunderland’s top flight status after inheriting a side with just one point on the board.
Yet after Sunderland completed the Great Escape, Di Canio has claimed he was glad to see the Black Cats avoid relegation.
“I’m happy for the fans because they are amazing. Their passion is amazing,” he said.
“I’m very happy that they stayed up.”
Di Canio has been vociferous in his criticism of Sunderland during previous interviews after he was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light so early into his tenure.
But the Italian noticeably toned down his message in his latest outing in front of the cameras - preferring to concentrate on how he kept Sunderland up in the final seven games of last season after taking over from Martin O’Neill.
“We made a miracle, we did a fantastic job because the team came from a very bad run with two points from eight games. They were in freefall,” said the 45-year-old.
“We changed a few things in a short period which is very, very difficult.
“If you’ve got seven or eight months, you can change things and deliver your philosophy.
“We started again, but I didn’t have a long time to deliver things and fix my ideas - only five games.
“They changed ideas and stopped.
“It’s not a problem. Now I have to look forward.
“In two years of my career, I’ve only had success so that proves my philosophy is the right one.”
Di Canio’s objective is to return to the dug-out, although - he was cautious over talk of succeeding under-fire Sam Allardyce at former club West Ham.
Speaking before the news that the Hammers were sticking with Allardyce, Di Canio said: “I’m ready. I have a more positive opinion on my philosophy.”