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The 45-year-old has broken his silence following his sacking after just 13 games in charge of the Black Cats by releasing a statement insisting he deserved more time at the club

Former Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has released a statement denying reports he was involved in a training ground bust-up that led to his dismissal.

Di Canio took over from Martin O’Neill last season and guided the Black Cats to Premier League safety, but after a poor start to the new campaign he was axed following the team's 3-0 loss to West Brom.

The 45-year-old revealed a number of his former players at the Stadium of Light have been in contact to thank him for his efforts and strenuously denies claims of a revolt.

In his statement released to the League Managers Association, Di Canio said: "There has been a lot written in the media in recent days, much of it wholly untrue.
 
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"There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them to improve as footballers.

"We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around."

Di Canio overhauled Sunderland’s squad during the summer, with 14 new players arriving, and despite taking just a single point from their first five matches, he believes he should have been given more time to mould the squad and help improve their results.

"When you bring in 14 new players, many from overseas and very few with Premiership experience, it is going to take time for them to adapt to the English game and to gel as a team," the Italian continued.

"As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire.

"I remain confident in my ability and I want to manage again in England as soon as I can.

"When things like this happen it is important to take something positive from it. I have learnt a lot from my brief time at Sunderland and I am sure that this will only make me a better manager in my next job."

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