John O'Shea confirms players made a stand against Paolo Di Canio

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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John O'Shea confirms that the players stood up against Paolo Di Canio, which led to his sacking at Sunderland.

Sunderland defender John O'Shea has admitted that the players made their frustrations about Paolo Di Canio known before his dismissal.

The Italian, who was known for his strict regime at the Stadium of Light, was sacked five games into the Premier League season.

Reports emerged claiming that the players pushed Di Canio out of the door, and O'Shea has admitted that something needed to be done.

When asked by the Shields Gazette if the players felt as if they needed to stand up against Di Canio, O'Shea said: "That was obviously done. But we have to move on now.

"Because of the position we're in in the league, we can't keep going back to it. We've got some difficult months ahead."

The Black Cats have lost five and drawn one of their fixtures so far this season.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on August 31, 2013
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