Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio says he will only start planning for next season once his side’s Premier League status is confirmed.
The Italian took over at the Stadium of Light in April following the Black Cats’ dismal run under Martin O’Neill and had an immediate impact, beating local rivals Newcastle 3-0 in the Tyne-Wear derby before guiding his team to a 1-0 win over Everton.
However, they’ve lost some of their momentum in recent weeks, first going down 6-1 at fellow strugglers Aston Villa but did show some resolve when despite going down to 10 men against Stoke, they battled back to earn a draw.
The result left them sitting 15th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone with two games left.
Sunday sees the Wearsiders face the team directly above them in the league Southampton in a game that both teams will go into knowing that victory will almost certainly guarantee their survival.
A win would be huge for Di Canio’s men as they are due to face Champions League Tottenham on the final day in a game that very few would tip them to win.
Although there is still plenty to plat for at the bottom, Monday’s point has left many Black Cats’ fans feeling as if they are safe.
However, their manager is taking nothing for granted and says will only start thinking about next season when his side are guaranteed their Premier League survival.
“I haven’t thought about transfers yet – absolutely nothing,” the outspoken boss said to premier league betting news http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/football reporters. “Everything can change at the moment, you can feel safe and then – boom – you can be hit like a hammer.
“So we have to make sure that we are safe first – I can’t think about transfers until then.”
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