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Bramble: Di Canio still has a lot to learn


Titus Bramble Picture: AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Titus Bramble Picture: AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Titus Bramble Picture: AP Photo/Scott Heppell

DEFENDER Titus Bramble (pictured) has accused Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio of being a "strange person" and has told the Italian he has a lot to learn about dealing with players.

Di Canio arrived at the Stadium of Light on a rescue mission in April and, despite achieving his goal of Premier League survival, ruffled plenty of feathers with his outspoken approach.

He said that some of his players were "ignorant and arrogant" and admitted he had been handing out fines to a lot of his squad for breaches of his disciplinary code.

Striker Connor Wickham was also compared to a "playboy model" and, while some on the outside may enjoy Di Canio's candour, Bramble says it has not gone down so well inside the Sunderland dressing room.

Bramble, whose contract with the Black Cats expires this month, said: "I've never played under anyone like him and I've played for some of the best managers around. Steve Bruce, Roberto Martinez and Bobby Robson. He thinks he knows everything, but he has got a lot to learn.

"He's got a long, long way to go before he gets anywhere near as good as Bobby Robson. He's a young manager trying to stamp his mark on things, but he's making some big mistakes."



ARSENAL defender Bacary Sagna has confirmed he is in talks to extend his contract, but the full-back has not ruled out a return to France for a "new challenge" in the future.

Sagna, 30, is entering into the final season of his current deal at the Emirates Stadium and so could become a free agent this time next year and agree a lucrative Bosman transfer.

But former Auxerre defender Sagna, who has twice recovered from a broken leg, hinted he would be happy to stay on at Arsenal if an agreement can be brokered.

He said: "There are (talks), but I still haven't extended my contract. I am talking and I am not at a bad club either."

When asked whether he could return to play in France, Sagna, currently on international duty, added: "It is possible. We would have to see in which conditions and, in sporting terms, what they propose. I won't go just anywhere."