A return of just one point from their opening five Premier League games saw the Italian leave the Stadium of Light after just 13 games in charge, and his counterpart believes Di Canio's "passion" will be missed.
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"So there's some sympathy for him and the club, and I wish them well.
"I'm not going to throw any criticism at what Paolo did at Sunderland. He entered the job with good faith, and he did an honest job, which is what he thought was right, and I'm sad to see him go."
Focusing on his own side, Pardew is keen to make amends for the 3-2 home loss to Hull City Tigers on Saturday, urging his squad to take their chances against Leeds United in the Capital One Cup.
"This will be a team that makes up for a disappointing game on Saturday," he added. "I'm still livid about that result, so make no mistake, we will be at the races.
"I'm so disappointed about Saturday, I can't begin to tell you. It hurts me to tell you now, three days later.
"We had a great opportunity to get into the top four, which might not come around again. We need to put that right against a club of great magnitude, which deserves to be in the Premier League."