Sessegnon 'lacked desire', Gardner backs manager, Altidore tipped for success

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Here's all the latest Sunderland update, featuring Paolo Di Canio, Craig Gardner and Stéphane Sessègnon

The Journal reports that Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has said that the Black Cats side are right behind manager Paolo Di Canio despite the clubs worst start since 2005.

They sit bottom of the Premier League table and face a tough game against fellow strugglers West Brom at the weekend. But Gardener insists criticism this early is unfair.

He said: ‘I think a lot of the people who’ve been writing the manager off have got something against Paolo Di Canio.

‘We’ve still got faith in him as a squad, of course we have. The lads want to go out there and put in as much hard work as we do on the training pitch and go and get that first win that we want.’

The Hartlepool Mail reports that according to Paolo Di Canio new Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore can become one of the best in the Premier League.

The American international scored 31 times for his former club AZ Alkmaar last season in the Erevidisie before his £6m move to the Premier League.

Di Canio told the paper: 'Now I need him to show that he can be one of the attractions in this league.

'He has fantastic potential but he has to transfer that potential into reality. You do that by working very, very hard in football, otherwise it is difficult.'

The Shields Gazette reports that former Sunderland midfielder Stéphane Sessègnon could be in line to make his debut for West Brom against his former employers, he was ineligible for their game against Fulham due to not having a work permit granted in time.

Meanwhile Di Canio revealed that he let the Beninese forward leave to due to his lack of desire.

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