The Sunday People's Alan Nixon has revealed the awkward incident that happened in Sunderland's dressing room, shortly after the team's poor display at West Brom that saw Di Canio display a teenage tantrum reaction to the loss.
The boss was furious about his team's display at the Hawthorns that saw them finish the game with no shots on target.
In a bid to display his anger, Di Canio, after gathering his players for a post-match hair-dryer treatment, hurriedly drank some water, spat it upwards, then let it splash on his face, in front of his already bewildered players.
Then the Italian bluntly told his players: “That is what you have done to me, spat in my face”
He then asked them to repeat what he did, probably in order to make them feel his disappointment.
Unfortunately, that didn't go too well with some of the players, as they expressed their distress to his aberrant comments to the press about them.
One of the Sunderland star players, who couldn't hide his anger, told the gaffer that the players would rather show more spirit for a manager who believes in his player, over a manager who goes to the press to slate his players.
Hearing this and other comments from the players even made Di Canio so angry that the bust-up continued in training the next day.
Had enough of the exchange of words, the under-pressure manager told the players to request for his dismissal by formally requesting to Sunderland's hierarchy - with hopes of getting the full support by the owners.
None of that eventually happened. In fact, tons of calls were made to the Sunderland's hierarchy that facilitated his sacking.
The Italian was at the dugout for the Black Cats 13 times, and won just three of those games.
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