Paolo Di Canio's tumultuous reign as Sunderland manager came to an end after his players turned on him during a furious training ground bust-up.

The fiery Italian called his stars in for a crisis meeting at the club’s Cleadon training ground on Sunday following their disappointing 3-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
But the summit quickly turned sour after Di Canio pointed the finger at a number of his players blaming them for their poor start to the season.

A clutch of his players however are understood to have responded angrily at Di Canio’s dressing down telling the Italian in no uncertain terms what they thought of him.

It is believed certain players told the manager who signed 14 players during the summer transfer window they did not like him and did not want to play for him.

Di Canio is then said to have told his disgruntled players to tell the club’s hierarchy to sack him if they no longer wanted him in charge.