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The Black Cats midfielder has confirmed that the squad have been banned from talking about their former boss but is optimistic about the club's survival chances this season

David Vaughan has revealed that the Sunderland squad have been banned from speaking about former manager Paolo Di Canio.

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The controversial Italian was sacked after just 13 games in charge following a winless start to the 2013-14 season and a rumoured bust-up with the playing staff at the Stadium of Light.

Gus Poyet was appointed the new manager on Tuesday and Vaughan is optimistic about Sunderland's chances of survival despite being six points off safety already.

Midfielder Vaughan told The Mirror: “I can’t say too much about that, because the club have told us not to.
 
“Under Paolo, the players did have some good times but the club decided to change things, so it’s down to us to improve our results.
 
“We need points quickly, otherwise we will end up being cut adrift. There’s plenty to play for, so hopefully we can climb the table.”

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