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The volatile Italian has relished his time at the Stadium of Light so far but admits the squad requires substantial surgery in the months before the new season begins

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has warned his squad to expect major changes to be made both on and off the pitch this summer.

Di Canio managed to secure Premier League survival for the Black Cats after being appointed to replace Martin O'Neill at the end of March.

However, despite that achievement, plans are already being made to ensure that scenario will not be repeated next season.

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Out-of-contract duo Titus Bramble and Matthew Kilgallon are already set to be released, while defender Phil Bardsley is expected to leave after Di Canio criticised him for indiscipline.

"I was happy before, but you can imagine how happy I’ll be if we can get the right players," he told reporters.

"I can’t wait, because, as a manager, if you have the chance to build a team and choose the right individuals, that makes you excited.

"I’m already starting to think how to link things in situations and bring out the potential of players so they can express their football better.

"It’s a good job and one I love."

Di Canio also insists he wants Sunderland to employ a more attacking strategy next term after struggling to score goals all season long.

"Obviously discipline is a big part of it and it’s something important that I want to see from the team," he added.

"But I want to see quality next year, with the team playing good football. You will see a different team for sure. You will see a clear identity in the future."

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