The Sunderland Revoltion , led by manager Paolo Di Canio, is well underway.
Di Canio has spent the summer instilling a culture shift in the Sunderland dressing room, covering all lifestyle facets, from diet, lifestyle, and habits, and in order to so, several substances have been banned: ketchup, mayonnaise, and ice in coke.
Mobiles are also banned outright, as well as singing in the shower before games (distracting).
Below are the best quotes from Di Canio’s Revolution explanation, as told to the media on Friday.
”This is a complete revolution. “It’s not just in the way we play, but in how we approach everything. It’s been difficult.
‘If someone comes inside with a mobile phone, even in the bag, I will take it and throw it away in the North Sea. Even coffee before a game or training can be a problem. You can have coffee but three or four hours before. Coffee can reflect into your mood, your perception of the training. Have coffee when you get up, at breakfast, not before going out.”
“I know many players who had ice with coke the night before games,” said Sunderland’s manager before Saturday’s visit of Fulham. “It causes congestion and they can’t play properly.”
“The way the medical staff link with players, for example. Before, when players said: ‘I’ve been out and drunk seven beers,’ the masseurs participated. They wouldn’t say: ‘it’s not good, it’s wrong’. We had a meeting with the medical staff. There was friction because you touch an environment. When I talked for a bit it was: ‘OK, revolution, fantastic’.
Before, players and physios formed too many close relationships. The physio would say: ‘I’ll tell the manager you need a rest’. Now I say to the physio: ‘tell me exactly why he needs a rest, because I have knowledge’. If he can’t give me a specific reason it’s because he wants to remain close with the player. That’s a big problem.”
Di Canio also had a dig at Titus Bramble, the defender who left in the summer saying that the talian was ‘making a lot of mistakes, and has a lot to learn’.
“Someone will always be unhappy, like some stupid guy that left already,” he said. “If you ought to be 88 kilos and you are 104.8 kilos then you won’t like my regime. And that’s a regular footballer, not one after six months out injured. It’s just unprofessional, an insult to a real professional. He can maintain his opinion, but he’s probably not very clever.”
The banned items and substances
Di Canio says they are a distraction and will ‘throw them in the North Sea’ if he sees a player using one at the training ground.
Ice in coke
Claims it causes indigestion and should not be consumed before matches.
Di Canio has concerns over the effects caffeine has on a player’s mood if consumed close to a game or training.
Ketchup and mayonnaise
Sauces because of their high fat content
Singing before games
Di Canio says it disturbs players’ concentration.