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Sunderland boss Di Canio gives players time off

Sunderland's hardline gaffer Paolo di Canio has handed his players some time off this week.

John O'Shea revealed the Italian has given his players a rest ahead of next Monday's trip to Aston Villa.

He said: "We'll have a couple of days off then get back to working hard.

"The boys believe what he's telling us and he's very clever tactically. There's work still to be done, though."

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