Football: Di Canio planning wholesale changes

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Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has warned his players there will be wholesale changes next season whether they stay up or not.

The Black Cats edged a point closer to Barclays Premier League safety after a 1-1 home draw with Southampton yesterday when victory would have guaranteed their top-flight status.

They are one of three sides - Aston Villa and Wigan are the others - who could still go down, although their fears will be over without kicking a ball tomorrow night if the FA Cup winning Latics lose at Arsenal in their game in hand.

But regardless of what transpires when the Wearsiders bring the curtain down at Tottenham next weekend, there will be a major shake-up when they return after the summer.

Di Canio, the former Sheffield Wednesday striker, said: “Let me be sure that we are going to keep the club up, and then I am going to change everything. I am going to change everything.I’m not going to push all the players out, but I am going to keep the right players and bring in the right players if it is possible.”

Substitute Jason Puncheon’s strike with 14 minutes left cancelled out Phil Bardsley’s effort.