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Johnson welcomes Di Canio arrival

5 April 2013 11:37

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is convinced that new manger Paolo Di Canio will prove a success at the Stadium of Light.

The Italian was appointed as Martin O'Neill's replacement earlier in the week after the Northern Irishman was dismissed following a string of poor performances by the team.

But even before his first game in charge, there has already been controversy surrounding the former Swindon boss with his alleged fascist beliefs called into question.

However, England international Johnson has made it clear that both he and the squad are looking forward to working with the former Premier League star.

"Everybody is very excited," he told The Daily Mirror.

"I think he's probably going to get the best out of the lads and I think he demands the best and obviously we've got to work so hard. That's probably what we need.

"He's full of enthusiasm and energy. He just demands the best from his players. I think if you do well for him I think he's going to be a great manager to work for.

"Any time a new manager comes in, people are a little bit stand-off and you don't know how to react.

"Everything happens so quickly. One day you turn up and a new manager turns up. It's difficult, but I'm sure over the course of time everything will fit into."

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