John O'Shea: 'Paolo Di Canio relationship is fine'

Sunderland captain John O'Shea insists that his relationship with manager Paolo Di Canio is "nice" despite criticism from the Italian.

Sunderland captain John O'Shea has insisted that his relationship with manager Paolo Di Canio is "nice" despite criticism from the Italian.

Di Canio singled out O'Shea after the defender gave away a penalty and was sent off during the Black Cats' recent defeat at Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

"He rang me the next day and all is nice," Goal.com quotes O'Shea as saying. "Getting criticised is one of those things and that is his style of management.

"What he had to say to me is private but let me put it to you this way, it was him calling me."

Sunderland return to Premier League action on Saturday when they welcome Arsenal to the Stadium of Light.

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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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