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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio hails Alan Pardew's 'passion'

New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio on the touchline during the match against Chelsea on April 7, 2013
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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio admits that he is fond of "passionate" Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has been full of praise for his counterpart Alan Pardew ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby this weekend.

The former Swindon Town manager will go up against the Black Cats' fierce rivals Newcastle United on Sunday for three crucial points as both sides try to avoid the drop.

"Alan Pardew sent me a letter already this week to wish me the best of luck for the future, apart from in the derby, of course!" Di Canio told the Shields Gazette. "My answer was very gentle, but the last line about the derby was very similar to his.

"Alan Pardew is a passionate man. I like him, we don't have to fight. We saw him celebrate with the fans when Newcastle scored a late winner in the last game against Fulham at the weekend."

Sunderland sit one place above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, while the Magpies reside five points away from the Championship.

Simon Mignolet
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