Sunderland: Paolo Di Canio criticises 'pathetic' behaviour
Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has called some of his players' behaviour "ridiculous and pathetic" after warning the club needs a "professional ethic".
pictured in a casino
in midweek, were not included in Di Canio's squad for Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham.
"They can't stay with me, people who behave like that," said the Italian.
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“We have to make sure we bring in not only good players, but with a good professionalism that can give satisfaction to everyone”
Paolo Di Canio
"It was disgusting. These people can't train with me."
He added: "We were talking about strict rules. I discovered the day after that these people spent nearly all night out in the way you saw.
"I know also someone can make a mistake - I did in the past, maybe not in that way. But every time we win or we are happy we are going to behave like this? It is ridiculous and pathetic."
Gareth Bale's 90th-minute winner for Tottenham at White Hart Lane left Sunderland in a final
Premier League position of 17th,
just one place and three points above the relegation zone.
And Di Canio, who won two of his seven matches as Sunderland boss after
succeeding Martin O'Neill
in March, believes improvements in his playing personnel are needed this summer.
"I am going to sit at the table with the chairman," he said. "Obviously if we want to have a different future in terms of results we need to bring in good players but with a professional ethic.
"Be a real professional, not a good footballer that performs 40 or 50% of the potentiality they have got because they got blurry or because they go out.
"We have to make sure we are going to bring in not only good players, but with a good professionalism that can give satisfaction to everyone. "
Sunderland looked as though they were going to earn a hard-fought point at White Hart Lane until
Bale's brilliant curling strike.
The Black Cats had defended resolutely but a Connor Wickham shot saved by Hugo Lloris in the first half was their only real chance of note.
"At this moment we do not have the weapons to damage the opponents," Di Canio said. "My players kept their discipline in the game, tried to give everything but it wasn't enough to get the point. Again Bale made the difference.
"In terms of discipline and desire I saw what I wanted to see from my players."