Swindon Town’s Paolo Di Canio say’s that he’d like to fine his players, in the aftermath of being knocked out of the FA Cup by Macclesfield Town. The mad Italian is mounting quite a list of outlandish reactions to his team’s defeats but, there does seem to be method to his madness.
In a matter of day’s Swindon Town have found themselves knocked out of England’s two most prestigious cup competitions. Last Tuesday Di Canio’s Swindon nearly shocked Premier League Aston Villa in the ‘Capital One’ Cup, before eventually losing 3-2. His reaction to the loss was to insult Villa fan’s by gesticulating that Swindon were a team on the up, whereas Villa were a team on the down. He has since claimed that his gestures were simply meant to demonstrate that the Swindon fans had been louder than the Villa fans.
Four day’s later his Swindon Town hosted Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield Town, in the FA Cup first round. Di Canio was left fuming as his team crashed out of the competition with a 2-0 defeat to the non league side. It was a far cry from the impressive display his team had shown against Villa. Swindon had Aden Flint sent off and Macclesfield’s second goal came courtesy of Louis Thompson scoring a 30 yard own goal.
The nut job Italian reacted to this loss in typically outspoken fashion, by saying, ‘I would like to fine my players, but it may not be possible because they have too much protection.
‘When I tell players they are average they get angry, but that was the case here. Now the club has to say sorry to everybody because they have damaged themselves.
‘For three days after Villa I was happy. Now I am angry. On Sunday at 7.30am we will be training at Liddington and Di Canio will be the first to arrive.
‘I know how to manage my players. Sometimes they think they are Barcelona players, but they are not.’
Di Canio is fast building a reputation for severe comments or actions aimed at his own players. Last season he had an on pitch bust up with striker Leon Clarke, and earlier in the season he verbally battered goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after taking him off 21 minutes into a 4-1 defeat. The keeper was not reinstated into the starting line up until he had apologised to his clubs fans.
But despite all of Di Canio’s unorthodox managerial techniques their does appear to be method to his madness. Even with a crippling injury list and a transfer embargo his team are currently flirting with the play-off’s in league two. Last season Di Canio took his team to Wembley and got them promoted at the first time of asking. As could be expected the fiery Italian has no question about his ability as a manager, ‘The system we play shows we can play well against the top sides. Against three Premier League, five Championship and, while we were in League Two, four League One sides, we won 80% of those games. That was not in 20 years, but barely 12 months.’
‘For me, even before I became manager of Swindon, I felt I was ready, but that was my arrogant opinion. Now I have proven it.’
I myself have no doubts that Di Canio will manage in the Premier League, after all it’s hard to argue with a 61% win ratio from 75 games. Not many managers match could match that.
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