DAVID Vaughan believes Paolo Di Canio is proving there is more to his managerial ability than pure passion.
Di Canio savoured his first victory in charge of Sunderland with typically exuberant celebrations in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby, as the Black Cats ended a three-month wait for a Premier League win.
Midfielder Vaughan, who grabbed the stunning third goal on Tyneside, says the Italian had inspired his players with the belief that they could end their 13-year wait for victory at St James’s Park.
But the Welsh international also points out the tactical prowess which Di Canio has shown during his two-and-a-half weeks in charge at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have noticeably displayed a more compact defensive shape in Di Canio’s two games, while the Black Cats have also got forward in numbers to support the front two.
Vaughan told the Echo: “You can definitely see what the qualities of the new manager are.
“He’s very enthusiastic and fiery, but he’s also got good tactical knowledge and gets us well organised which we saw at Newcastle.
“He made sure everyone was looking forward to the game on Sunday. It was an important game for us, but we had that belief that we could go there and win.”
Vaughan says victory over Newcastle has given Sunderland real momentum in the Premier League survival battle, heading into Saturday’s visit of bogey team Everton.
Sunderland have notoriously not beaten Everton since 2001 and suffered FA Cup quarter-final heartbreak against David Moyes’ side at the Stadium of Light last season.
But Vaughan is confident that if the Black Cats can reproduce the display from St James’s Park, then they can mark Di Canio’s home debut by putting more points on the board.
“Obviously, the win at Newcastle gave the bragging rights to the fans which is great for them,” added the 30-year-old.
“But the most important thing for us was to get three points.
“We’ve got some momentum in the survival battle now and some confidence as well after a tough few months.
“It’s a big game against Everton, but with the way we played and quality we showed against Newcastle, we can take that into the game.
“I’m sure it will be some atmosphere against Everton and let’s hope we can reproduce the form we showed against Newcastle and get another win.”