Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio has told the members of his squad that if they arrive overweight for pre-season training, he will fine them.
The Italian, who has made various strict rules and punishments on his players at both Sunderland and formerly Swindon Town, stated:
“Obviously the players have a programme to follow so that they are ready when pre-season begins, when we start, we will start not that heavy, but there will still be a great deal to do and they have to be ready. Everyone who comes back with more than 2kg over what their weight should be, we’re going to fine them. We test them before they go so everyone knows how they finished the season.”
It’s likely to be a common idea for professional clubs in order to keep the state of their players in check. But Di Canio, as ever, has publicly voiced his style of management.
“I can imagine 2kg, because you can run, swim and play tennis as well as having a bit of food or drink — so you can keep a handle on the situation, you can accept 2kg because after a few days back sweating in five-a-sides that will soon go. But 5 or 6kg? That is not acceptable. We have to be serious about what we want to do.”
Sunderland have been the busiest Premier League club during the transfer market this summer so far, having signed four players including Modibo Diakite from Lazio. The lack of goals was certainly one of the main concerns for Sunderland last year, so an addition at that end of the pitch would be a large help.
However, Diakite should prove a worthy acquisition in a defense that was by no means solid last season.