Sunderland’s Italian manager has come under scrutiny about has man management criticising player in public if he feels they have made mistakes or under performed.
Di Canio had a go at captain John O’Shea after being sent off against Crystal Palace, and says that he will not change his approach to player management.
“Harry Redknapp did many interviews last year and no one asked why he said his team was playing rubbish. Why is it only Paolo Di Canio?” he said.
“Maybe after three or four games a player will moan about the gaffer and say, “Oh, it’s tough”. The common theory is that there are big egos and if you upset them you have problems and they get upset.
“But my relationship with my players is closer than you think. It means that I can point the finger straight away and say, ‘For your level, it is rubbish’.
“You think the new generation is weak? I say if they are weak they cannot play football at this level. It is natural selection.”
Di Canio is a big fan of Sir Alex Ferguson agreeing with the Scot when he says the manager must never lose control to his players.
Di Canio added: “Here. Sir Alex Ferguson. Point No.4. Never, ever cede control. This is Paolo Di Canio. This is why I’m at top level.”