Ex-Sunderland manager, Paulo Di Canio, has come out fighting over his heavily criticised and brief tenure at the club. 

The former Lazio player has publicly defended his spell at the club, claiming that "pathetic" fitness levels, strange transfer negotiations and poor player attitudes were the reasons to blame for his failure. 

The lively Italian was sacked from his post after obtaining just a single point in five matches for the North-East club at the start of the season.

In his first interview regarding his time at the Stadium of Light, he believes he personally is a better manager than before.

Speaking with Sky Sports News the Italian said: “I cannot wait to have another chance in the right place with the right people who let me work my way.

“Even if I have four requests around Europe, I don’t go; I will wait until the time in England when there is no more space for me. Otherwise, I wait.”

One of the incident's that caused discontent was the decision to drop Phil Bardsley, who posted a tweet after the opening day defeat to Fulham, which Di Canio accused as 'treason', after mocking the club. 

Di Canio continued: “At the beginning of the season, he made tweets celebrating the defeat of the club that pay him. 

“A person at the club came to me and said ‘we want to fine him’, and I agreed.

“He was celebrating, that is the worst treason for the people next to you. It is clear that he tried to destroy his career on his own.”

Since Gus Poyet's appointment at the club Bardsley has been reinstated with the first team, scoring the winner in Sunderland's shock 1-0 victory over Manchester City last weekend. 

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