Sunderland's Paolo Di Canio: 'Being unpopular with players doesn't bother me'

Sunderland's Italian manager Paolo Di Canio reacts during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Fulham at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, northeast England, on August 17, 2013
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Paolo Di Canio admits that he is not "bothered" if his players don't think that he is "fantastic".

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has admitted that he is not "bothered" if he is unpopular with his players.

The Italian has imposed a tough stance at the Stadium of Light since joining the club towards the end of last season, but he will make no apologies for his approach.

"I don't want to be unpopular, but I'm not a man who is bothered whether they say I'm a fantastic man in the dressing room," the Northern Echo quotes Di Canio as saying.

"I'm not the manager they can ask whether they can have three days off to play golf or tennis."

So far in the 2013-14 Premier League season, the Black Cats have secured one defeat and one draw.

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