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The new Black Cats manager insists he will look to improve the squad ahead of next season, and slammed the morale at the club under former boss Martin O'Neill

Paolo Di Canio has vowed to ‘change everything’ at Sunderland during the summer if they survive relegation this season.

The Black Cats were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow strugglers Southampton at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, leaving them just four points ahead of 18th-placed Wigan and the dreaded drop zone.

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And Di Canio, who replaced former manager Martin O’Neill in March, insists he will make massive changes to his side in the summer - though he must guide Sunderland to safety first.

"Let's be sure we can keep the club up, and then I change everything,” Di Canio told reporters.

"I will keep the right players. Bring in the right players. This is not a secret. There will be many changes. It is crucial to have the right quality.

"When I came I knew the quality we had, Adam Johnson, John O'Shea etc. But not to accuse anyone, the environment was DEAD. It was dead.

"There is not a bond. The team is not close together. Good fellas, but everyone in little groups. But when we stay up I can tell you that it is a miracle."

Sunderland took the lead against Southampton but were pegged back by Jason Puncheon's 76th-minute equaliser, but Di Canio believes a point could prove to be enough in the Black Cats' pursuit of survival.

Di Canio added: "This is small important step. It could be crucial at the end of the season. We've got eight points in six games. The players have made a miracle to get this. With attitude, discipline.

“Before I arrived if they had said will you sign up for 8 points in six games, I'd say yes. It is a massive number of points. They did a fantastic job."

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