Di Canio: Sunderland new boys will rule out another ‘season of suffering’

Paolo Di Canio.
Paolo Di Canio.
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PAOLO Di Canio insists it is not a risk to make so many changes to the playing staff in the close season.

And the Black Cats’ head coach is confident that the 10 new players in so far – with more to follow – will prevent another “season of suffering” at Sunderland.

“When you know you need to change a lot of things – you are obliged to change,” the Italian told the Echo.

“It was obvious that we needed to strengthen a few positions – that was clear from the beginning – and now we have set about making a revolution.

“So it is not a risk, although the process of bonding together, to make things go right, can take longer – it can take one month, two months, but also six months.

“I’m sure though that we are not going to have a problem in a long season and that this will be the first step in establishing this club at a good level and for it not suffer like it has done the last few years.

“So it is not a risk.

“It just takes time to make sure everything is OK, everyone gels, and we have been working very hard on that.

“We brought in more players than people expected probably, but I felt sure we would need big changes for whatever reason.

“We have brought in 10 and there will be maybe more, maybe 13 or 14. It depends.

“But we are not under so much pressure now because we have brought in 10 already in order to make changes and II have a clear picture in my head of what we want to do.

“I am happy with the players we have brought in, and we are still hoping to add to the squad.”

Meanwhile, Di Canio has confirmed that out-of-favour full-back Phil Bardsley suffered a broken foot in Monday’s Under-21 encounter against Bolton.

That is likely to scupper Sunderland’s hopes of offloading Bardsley before the end of the transfer window.

H Sunderland U18s start their new Barclays U18 Premier League season with a visit to Chelsea on Saturday.