Paolo Di Canio is in peace-making mode as he courts a future in the English Premier League.
Sunderland took a gamble when they employed the fiery Italian as manager towards the end of last season.
He came with the baggage of his bad reputation, but to his credit he did manage to help the Black Cats survive the drop.
However, his steely version of football boot camp did little to inspire Sunderland at the beginning of the new campaign, and Di Canio was the first Premier League manager to receive the chop this season, with his team mired at the bottom of the log.
His axing came amid reports of a training ground bust-up, led by demoted skipper Lee Cattermole.
Cattermole was given a hero’s greeting during Sunderland’s recent defeat to Liverpool, suggesting that the way he was treated by Di Canio never sat well with the Black Cats’ faithful.
However, Di Canio has denied that a behind the scenes spat was responsible for his sacking.
He is attempting to remain diplomatic, because his failure at Sunderland has tarnished his managerial CV, and he still wants another shot to coach in the English top-flight.
"There was no training ground bust-up as some are reporting and many of the players have since sent me messages thanking me for my time as their manager and helping them improve as footballers,” Di Canio insists.
“We could see that results had not gone as well as any of us had hoped, but I felt as a team we could turn things around."
"As I have said many times, I love English football and I feel that my time at the club has been unfairly cut short as given the chance, I am certain that had I been allowed longer, I would have been able to develop the team to achieve the success Sunderland fans desire,” Di Canio added.
“I remain confident in my ability and I want to manage again in England as soon as I can.
“Even though my time at the club ended prematurely, I would like to thank Sunderland for giving me my first opportunity to be a Premier League manager."