The Black Cats boss thinks the club have under-performed with the money they have spent.
After Wigan’s 4-1 loss to Arsenal on Tuesday Sunderland breathed a sigh of relief as confirmation of another year in the Premier League filtered in.
Yet new manager Paolo Di Canio is less than happy, believing that the Black Cats should be challenging for trophies with the resources they have at the club and not battling relegation.
Di Canio was brought in at the start of April after the sacking of Martin O’Neill and with the north east club in the midst of a relegation battle.
Two wins, two draws and two losses in the Italian’s first six games in charge has been enough to keep Sunderland up however.
The manager is not satisfied though, as in the last two transfer windows the Black Cats have spent over £30million on new players – a sum not usually associated with relegation candidates.
This princely figure included spending over £25million on just two players, with Adam Johnson arriving from Manchester City and Steven Fletcher coming from Wolves.
Owner Ellis Short has not been conservative with the transfer budgets he gives to his managers and Di Canio thinks his predecessors have failed to make the most of the resources at their disposal.
“If we were a smaller club or did not have the resources there might be an excuse,” the Italian was quoted in the Guardian.
“But the owner has put a lot of money into this club in the last few years and it’s one of the bigger clubs in the Premier League.”
Whether the new boss can bring the success to the club that he thinks they deserve is another matter, as he looks set to lose talented players Simon Mignolet and Stephane Sessegnon in the summer, but his ambitions are there for all Sunderland fans to see.