Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has warned his players that they will have to adhere to a strict disciplinary approach.

The controversial Italian was drafted in over the weekend in a bid to steer the Black cats clear of relegation from the Premier League, following Martin O’Neill’s sacking.

With the club perilously close the drop zone, the former Swindon Town boss has wasted no time in letting his squad know just what he expects of the both on and off of the pitch:

“You have to know how to manage your players,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“It is obvious you have different egos in the Premier League, but you have to have strict rules, discipline, and work hard on the field during the week otherwise the product you deliver on Saturday is not good.

“That won’t change. It’s not just Paolo Di Canio’s opinion, all managers around the world think the same.

“If everybody interprets the game wrong because they do not train properly during the week or because there is no discipline you have an anarchists’ team.”

Sunderland are winless in their last eight top-flight games, a run which has seen them slip to 16th in the table, just one point above the drop zone.

Di Canio believes that a lack of confidence has been a major factor in the club’s slump and is determined to reverse this trend:

“From the last two games I watched against Norwich and Manchester United it is clear that some players are not fully confident, probably because the last few results weren’t good,

“But I am sure through my job and my staff’s job we can help them to restore this belief and play as they used to play before.”

Di Canio faces a tough start to his time at Sunderland, with trips to Chelsea and Newcastle awaiting.

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