Stadium of Light

Next Game

S'land v Newcastle

Sunday, 05 April 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Upton Park

Last Game

West Ham 1 - 0 S'land

Saturday, 21 March 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Di Canio criticises Bardsley

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit out at defenders Phil Bardsley and Matthew Kilgallon over their late-night antics in a casino.

Last Updated: 21/05/13 at 08:14 Post Comment

Former Manchester United full-back Bardsley, 27, was pictured in Sunday's newspapers lying in a heap of £50 notes and was omitted from Di Canio's squad for the final-day 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Di Canio said of the situation: "I saw the picture on a website and moments later he was out of my squad. How can I play a player that probably is blurry for three, four days after what's happened?

"I want to deliver a very clear message: there is no excuse to behave like he did. They went out because Wigan lost the game and we stay up.

"I could understand it if we had won the Champions League or maybe the FA Cup. We have to respect the dignity of the club, and the fans.

"I thought that at Swindon... arrogant, ignorant footballers because they've not had many chances to stay at the top level. I have to tell you unfortunately I found a worse environment in terms of discipline in this club.

"This is what I've found in the last few weeks so we have to change completely."

He continued: "We have a fantastic, young academy, they have a changing room next to the adults, but if we don't punish this kind of behaviour, we might not be able to talk about a fantastic academy.

"They're not going to sprint down, get the boots and say 'good morning' to everybody. If we don't punish this kind of behaviour, how do they grow up?

"Maybe they will laugh at the picture. Maybe they think it's fantastic; to be like a gangster. But what mentality are we going to deliver?"

Bardsley has featured regularly for Di Canio since the Italian replaced Martin O'Neill as manager and he scored his first goal of the season last week against Southampton.

Di Canio admitted that he is willing to give the player another opportunity to prove himself at the club despite his actions.

"I will think really carefully. Always I give a second chance to the people," he said.

"He is not a kid, he has a family at home. I'm not here to be a priest."

Di Canio revealed earlier this week that he had fined seven players last week for breach of discipline and the Italian also threatened to cut the squad's holiday short unless they played with "dignity" at Tottenham.

Some Sunderland players had planned to go on holiday straight after the Spurs game, which the Black Cats lost 1-0 thanks to Gareth Bale's late winner, but Di Canio will not allow them to go on their annual leave until Tuesday.

"The next few days we will be together," he said. "Previously some people organised during the week to go from London to Hawaii, Miami... They was thinking about organising their bags, four or five of them were talking about going together with their wives and girlfriends. Not possible.

"Today (Sunday) we fly back to Sunderland, our city, as a team. We stay tomorrow (Monday) together for a sponsors event, then they can go on holiday."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company