Boss spells out pre-Everton message.
Paolo Di Canio insists Sunderland cannot afford to rest on their derby laurels when they face Everton this weekend.
The Black Cats welcome the Toffees to the Stadium of Light for Di Canio’s first home game in charge.
We had a fantastic day last weekend, but the main job is not done
- Paolo Di Canio
But the Sunderland boss is focused on only one thing – getting more valuable points on the board.
“It has to be clear to everybody – for me, my staff, my players and the fans,” he said.
“We had a fantastic day last weekend, but the main job is not done.
“The lads have received that message very well. There is still excitement, but they are really focused and I’m very happy with the way they’ve worked during this week.
“Since the beginning they have been a very good group of lads and I’m very happy with them, but we all know that the main job is not done yet.”
Meanwhile Di Canio is looking forward to testing himself against a manager he admires in the shape of Blues boss David Moyes.
The Scot has masterminded another successful season with the Merseyside club, who are still in with a shout of qualification for the Champions’ League.
“Everton have a clear identity, which comes from the manager,” Di Canio said.
“David is a fantastic manager, one that I like. Since 2002 he has made an amazing job there, establishing Everton near the top of this league.
“If I am not wrong, in the last eight years he has only one time finished out of the first eight places.
“That shows you the level and quality David has had a manager.
“You must remember, he has not spent a fortune every summer.
“Always, he has brought in one or two players each summer to add to the main group.
“They have a clear identity and really good, effective players.”