Sunderland’s Best is yet to come for Di Canio

Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland boss Paolo di Canio has warned his players they are not out of danger yet despite their historic win on Sunday.

The first Black Cats success at St James’ Park in 13 years has seen them move three points clear of the drop zone but with five games to go they are still in trouble.

The Italian is keen for the players not to think that the job is done but at the same time he knows the importance of the win at their arch rivals, who are now just two points ahead of them in the table.

Asked if the win at St James’ Park was the best of his managerial career, he said: “Yes.

“I can’t forget that I was manager at Swindon – it was my start and it was crucial. I won the league, I won many important games in the cup – when you are a League Two side and you beat Wigan, a Premier League side, it’s an important moment for the club’s history.

“But when you arrive at the top – because the Premier League is the top league in the world in my opinion, this is why I want to stay in England, because I love the people, I love the league, I love the atmosphere, the fans – and you win one of the hottest derbies in the world…

“It’s difficult to find two cities very close, 15 miles [apart] that play at the top level, and they fight for the kingdom in this area.

“We won 3-0 away from home, three points, it’s a fantastic moment.

“Now I have to tell you as a single game, it’s the most important game for me – but it’s nothing if we don’t stay up.”

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