Paolo Di Canio has warned his Sunderland players that if they return from their summer breaks weighing 2kg more than when they left, they will be severely fined. 

One of the Italian's main criticisms of the squad he inherited from Martin O'Neill was that his squad weren't fit enough to compete in the Premier League, hence their lowly finish of 17th place last season. 

And Di Canio has emphasised that if any of his squad enjoy their holidays too much, they will be made to pay- literally. 

The Italian has promised harsh fines for any players that don't adhere to the fitness plans that have been put in place for the whole of the squad over the summer. 

Speaking to reporters, Di Canio stated: "Obviously the players have a programme to follow so that they are ready when pre-season begins. When we start, we will not start that heavy, but there will still be a great deal to do and they have to be ready."

And Di Canio has ensured that he and his coaching staff will be keeping a close look-out when the players return, to see if they have enjoyed their holiday's too much.

"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," added Di Canio. 

The new manager will be looking to improve his squad's attitude, following last seasons relegation-scare, and his first step is a stricter approach to fitness. 


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