Paolo di Canio has advice for incoming Chelsea boss

Paolo Di Canio At Upton Park

The former Lazio man has been out of management since September 2013.

Former West Ham United striker Paolo Di Canio has some advice for Antonio Conte ahead of his move to Chelsea this summer, as reported by The Evening Standard.

The Hammers legend told Conte how he must have an Englishman alongside him in the dugout next season:

“He needs to put an Englishman next to him with good experience who can help him,”

The temperamental Italian went on to say how clear dialogue with the players will be crucial:

“It is important to have a member of the club staff who understands everything about English football, not just tactics, but the way you communicate with players.”

Many coaches have struggled down the years with the language barrier, and it has been a reason cited for many early managerial departures.

Gary Neville's sacking from Valencia was reported to be highly influenced by his lack of communication with his players.

The Evening Standard also report that Chelsea legend Clive Walker chipped into the debate, re-iterating Di Canio's comments:

“It's important that he learns the English language and learns the environment within a dressing room in the Premier League. To learn the English language initially will be his biggest issue. I like to think he's been learning already and he's got a bit of time between now and when he takes over in the summer. So, initially it may be a problem, but in time he should be okay."

It is unknown as to whether Conte plans to bring his own assistant across from Italy, or if he will keep Steve Holland at the club in his role as assistant manager - a position he has held since 2011 when André Villas-Boas was manager.

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