Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Sunderland Head Coach Paolo Di Canio says he will cut his players' summer holidays, if they do not perform against Spurs on Sunday.
The Black Cats go into their final game of the Barclays Premier League campaign knowing they are safe following Wigan's defeat Arsenal on Tuesday, but Di Canio is keen to kick-start the club's future.
Sunderland's last away fixture ended in humiliation as Aston Villa ran riot at Villa Park, running out 6-1 winners on that occasion.
Now though, Di Canio has threatened his threadbare squad with a reduced summer break if they try to coast through Sunday's curtain-closer at Tottenham.
'I told them we can win, draw or lose with dignity, respecting the club`s name and the fans who follow them.
'But if not I will reduce their holiday,' Di Canio told The Sunderland Echo.
'I will give them the minimum I can give to them, which is four weeks, 28 days instead of 38 or 40,' continued the Italian.
Sunday's clash against Champions League-chasing Spurs is the end of the beginning for Di Canio and Sunderland, with the former Swindon Town boss set to oversee his first transfer window since arriving on Wearside.
Di Canio is adamant therefore, that with safety new secured, attentions must turn to the future and starting as they mean to go on.
'We have one game to go and we have to make sure we perform well. Our future starts now - our new mentality.'
The Lads' coach has also told The Echo that there will be a significant number of additions to the squad this summer.
'We need more than a few,' stated Di Canio.
'I don`t want to say 'a lot`, because you never know what 'a lot` means, but we need to refresh the squad for many reasons,' continued the Italian.
Di Canio continued, lamenting the number of forward options available to him following Martin O'Neill's January clear-out and Steven Fletcher's season-ending injury, suffered in February.
'I want to play attacking football...we`ve missed players. On Sunday, we`ll be travelling with four kids, it means we haven`t got many players, especially up front.'
Date:Thursday May 16 2013
Mavrias Wants To Play, But It's Unlikely (Monday July 6 2015)
Matthews Signs Deal With Black Cats (Saturday July 4 2015)
Cattermole Commits Long Term Future To Black Cats (Thursday July 2 2015)
Coates Deal Now Officially Done (Thursday July 2 2015)
What Cars Do The Premiership Captains' Drive? (Thursday July 2 2015)
Infographic - Would Vlaar Benefit Sunderland? (Thursday July 2 2015)
Err.. The New Premier League Football... Ahem! (Wednesday July 1 2015)
First Top Flight Manager Sacked. (Tuesday June 30 2015)
Ticket Details For Hannover Friendly (Tuesday June 30 2015)
Danny Graham Putting In Extra Work (Tuesday June 30 2015)
|Pulis Pleased With Pre Season Return
» WBA : 06/07/2015 16:55:00
|McManaman Enjoying Demanding Pre Season
» WBA : 06/07/2015 16:50:01
|Fletcher On Interesting Pre Season
» WBA : 06/07/2015 16:45:01
|Schneiderlin, Alderweireld amp; Others
» Southampton : 06/07/2015 16:34:01
|Now Which of the Two Sides Did You Rate the Highes
» Chelsea : 06/07/2015 16:12:01