Sunderland players banned from Paolo Di Canio talk

Sunderland players banned from Di Canio talk
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Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan reveals that the club have told the players not to discuss their former manager Paolo Di Canio.

Sunderland midfielder David Vaughan has revealed that the first-team squad have been banned from talking about their former manager Paolo Di Canio.

The Italian was dismissed last month after failing to win any of Sunderland's first five games in the Premier League this season, with Kevin Ball taking temporary charge.

Gus Poyet was confirmed as Di Canio's replacement yesterday on a two-year deal, with Vaughan insisting that the players must now work hard to change their fortunes under a new regime.

He told The Mirror: "I can't say too much about that because the club have told us not to.

"Under Paolo, the players did have some good times but the club decided to change things, so it's down to us to improve our results.

"We need points quickly, otherwise we will end up being cut adrift. There's plenty to play for, so hopefully we can climb the table."

Poyet arrives at the Stadium of Light with the Mackems rock bottom of the table with one point from seven matches.

Gus Poyet stands on the touchline during Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Portsmouth in 2011.
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