SWINDON TOWN: Macca was stripped of armband by outgoing Di Canio

Swindon Advertiser: Alan McCormack Alan McCormack

ALAN McCormack was stripped of the captaincy of Swindon Town by Paolo Di Canio over the weekend, the Advertiser has learnt.

McCormack started for the Robins against Tranmere last night without the skipper’s armband after he was reprimanded by Di Canio for missing a training session due to illness.

It is understood that the defender, who Di Canio made captain in the summer, made the decision to visit his doctor for a check-up independently on Saturday morning after being sent home from training on Friday and in order not to infect the rest of the Swindon squad ahead of the tricky trip to Prenton Park.

The former Charlton man only just managed to make the game against Colchester a fortnight ago after coming down with the bug, and has been struggling with it since.

However, the former Town manager did not take kindly to his decision not to attend and dismissed him as skipper, with Simon Ferry assuming those responsibilities last night.

McCormack becomes the third player to have the armband removed from their grasp after Paul Caddis and Oliver Risser suffered similar fates during the early months of the Italian’s reign.

Caddis fell foul of the Italian before the start of the current campaign, with Di Canio choosing to insert McCormack in his place.

The ex-Robins boss explained his decision at the time by saying: “My captain must deliver my words, value and principles to the rest of the dressing room.

“Macca is the perfect example of this.”

Risser, meanwhile, lost the armband to Caddis in October 2011 after spending a period of time on the sidelines with a groin injury.

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6:35am Wed 20 Feb 13

Chish and Fips says...

This was the side of PDC I thought was a little out of control. Yes be firm, but not like this, very demoralizing.

Anyway its moving on time ...
This was the side of PDC I thought was a little out of control. Yes be firm, but not like this, very demoralizing. Anyway its moving on time ... Chish and Fips

7:18am Wed 20 Feb 13

thesixtyniner says...

We may get a positive backlash from the players now Paolo isn't breathing down their necks. They're clearly a quality bunch of lads and could benefit from a decent calming influence up top. Someone who can man manage and befriend and utilise the experienced members of the squad. The smaller the ego the better.
We may get a positive backlash from the players now Paolo isn't breathing down their necks. They're clearly a quality bunch of lads and could benefit from a decent calming influence up top. Someone who can man manage and befriend and utilise the experienced members of the squad. The smaller the ego the better. thesixtyniner

8:19am Wed 20 Feb 13

john9149 says...

It has to be Nigel Adkins. The job though is going to be a poison chalice. Whoever comes in will now be expected to deliver automatic promotion.

Unfortunately the only way is down!
It has to be Nigel Adkins. The job though is going to be a poison chalice. Whoever comes in will now be expected to deliver automatic promotion. Unfortunately the only way is down! john9149

8:43am Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.
Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian. Highworth red

9:09am Wed 20 Feb 13

ScottLeitch says...

do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them.
do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them. ScottLeitch

9:27am Wed 20 Feb 13

Blazing Riff says...

Highworth red wrote:
Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.
Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.[/p][/quote]Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks? Blazing Riff

9:52am Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

Blazing Riff wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.
Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?
That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans.
[quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.[/p][/quote]Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?[/p][/quote]That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans. Highworth red

10:01am Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

ScottLeitch wrote:
do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them.
Yeah, these players need putting in their place, they have only got us to the top of league 1, prat. This man has betrayed us and some of you think he is a legend, so sad. He thought the world revolved around him. We have survived and enjoyed success before him and will enjoy success after him. Good ridance and I for one will be looking forward, not back.
[quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them.[/p][/quote]Yeah, these players need putting in their place, they have only got us to the top of league 1, prat. This man has betrayed us and some of you think he is a legend, so sad. He thought the world revolved around him. We have survived and enjoyed success before him and will enjoy success after him. Good ridance and I for one will be looking forward, not back. Highworth red

10:55am Wed 20 Feb 13

Baritone says...

Thre are some interesting anecdotes arising from the self-inflicted demise of the "Egotistical One". The sacking of McCormack was inexcusable - especially since he was sent home on the Friday by ODC in order to not infect other players. I am quite sure that Ferry was sympathetic to McCormack and probably told him he would soon be captain again!

Roberts goal from inside his own half was an interesting piece of invention - probably something he would not have dared to try if PDC was still in the driving seat. The signs are that he had a good game - better than when playing for PDC.

Finally, I understand that the players - in unison - caleed out to the fans "No manager, no problem". That says it all about what the players really thought about his bully boy ranting.

If we can get the right manager at the helm, if only to season end, I believe that we now have a better chance of promotion than ever before.

PDC undoubtedly effected some very much needed changes - changes that worked. I hope some-one is analysing the good and the bad - so that the club might build on the good things he brought to the table and ditch the rest!

On Saturday, we can now focus on those people who put us at the top of the league.

"Swindon Town players - they do what they want!"
Thre are some interesting anecdotes arising from the self-inflicted demise of the "Egotistical One". The sacking of McCormack was inexcusable - especially since he was sent home on the Friday by ODC in order to not infect other players. I am quite sure that Ferry was sympathetic to McCormack and probably told him he would soon be captain again! Roberts goal from inside his own half was an interesting piece of invention - probably something he would not have dared to try if PDC was still in the driving seat. The signs are that he had a good game - better than when playing for PDC. Finally, I understand that the players - in unison - caleed out to the fans "No manager, no problem". That says it all about what the players really thought about his bully boy ranting. If we can get the right manager at the helm, if only to season end, I believe that we now have a better chance of promotion than ever before. PDC undoubtedly effected some very much needed changes - changes that worked. I hope some-one is analysing the good and the bad - so that the club might build on the good things he brought to the table and ditch the rest! On Saturday, we can now focus on those people who put us at the top of the league. "Swindon Town players - they do what they want!" Baritone

11:17am Wed 20 Feb 13

Blazing Riff says...

Highworth red wrote:
Blazing Riff wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.
Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?
That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans.
It's the bits in both posts where you intimate ALL Italians being the same. Basically racist!
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.[/p][/quote]Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?[/p][/quote]That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans.[/p][/quote]It's the bits in both posts where you intimate ALL Italians being the same. Basically racist! Blazing Riff

12:41pm Wed 20 Feb 13

RedintheFace says...

The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?
The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist? RedintheFace

2:00pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Blazing Riff says...

RedintheFace wrote:
The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?
In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.
[quote][p][bold]RedintheFace[/bold] wrote: The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?[/p][/quote]In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future. Blazing Riff

2:45pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

Blazing Riff wrote:
RedintheFace wrote:
The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?
In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.
I said 'Italian', not 'Italian's'. I can tell you now that if I was racist, I wouldn't have done voluntary work for Oxfam.
[quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedintheFace[/bold] wrote: The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?[/p][/quote]In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.[/p][/quote]I said 'Italian', not 'Italian's'. I can tell you now that if I was racist, I wouldn't have done voluntary work for Oxfam. Highworth red

2:51pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

Blazing Riff wrote:
RedintheFace wrote:
The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?
In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.
No no no, that's it, called me a racist, I'm gonna call my lawyer......well I would if I had one.
[quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedintheFace[/bold] wrote: The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?[/p][/quote]In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.[/p][/quote]No no no, that's it, called me a racist, I'm gonna call my lawyer......well I would if I had one. Highworth red

6:17pm Wed 20 Feb 13

ScottLeitch says...

Highworth red wrote:
ScottLeitch wrote:
do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them.
Yeah, these players need putting in their place, they have only got us to the top of league 1, prat. This man has betrayed us and some of you think he is a legend, so sad. He thought the world revolved around him. We have survived and enjoyed success before him and will enjoy success after him. Good ridance and I for one will be looking forward, not back.
Highworth you clearly have some sort of inferiority complex. Paolo gave Swindon its identity back, brought back a sence of pride and passion, and above all assembled the squad of players in the first place!.
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: do one highworth, its about time someone put these players in their place. They are lucky to do what they do, most of us would give a left nut to be in their position. At least he made them work hard and got the best out of them.[/p][/quote]Yeah, these players need putting in their place, they have only got us to the top of league 1, prat. This man has betrayed us and some of you think he is a legend, so sad. He thought the world revolved around him. We have survived and enjoyed success before him and will enjoy success after him. Good ridance and I for one will be looking forward, not back.[/p][/quote]Highworth you clearly have some sort of inferiority complex. Paolo gave Swindon its identity back, brought back a sence of pride and passion, and above all assembled the squad of players in the first place!. ScottLeitch

6:18pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Exiled Bob says...

Blazing Riff wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Blazing Riff wrote:
Highworth red wrote:
Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.
Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?
That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans.
It's the bits in both posts where you intimate ALL Italians being the same. Basically racist!
You muppet.
[quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: Yeah, very professional Paolo, am amazed nobody lumped him during training. The players have got us to the top, not that egotistical bull spewing unprofessional Italian.[/p][/quote]Saw your other rubbish post too. How would you like it if we made degrading remarks about ALL Highworth folks?[/p][/quote]That's how I feel, therefore its not a rubbish post, it's an honest comment about how I feel, which is let down and betrayed by somebody I though was very special and actually thought something for this club and it's fans.[/p][/quote]It's the bits in both posts where you intimate ALL Italians being the same. Basically racist![/p][/quote]You muppet. Exiled Bob

6:26pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

I agree with every word you say. Unfortunately, it's the bit at the end that has left me feeling let down and upset with him.
I agree with every word you say. Unfortunately, it's the bit at the end that has left me feeling let down and upset with him. Highworth red

6:29pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

That last post was for you Scott, thought I had linked it to your last post.
That last post was for you Scott, thought I had linked it to your last post. Highworth red

6:58pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Rogersforengland says...

This was what Paolo was dreadful at, Man management keeping players onside, his often public humiliation contributed to a high turnover of players and even now some still ostracised like Luke Rooney, i for one wont miss that
This was what Paolo was dreadful at, Man management keeping players onside, his often public humiliation contributed to a high turnover of players and even now some still ostracised like Luke Rooney, i for one wont miss that Rogersforengland

8:01pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Blazing Riff says...

Highworth red wrote:
Blazing Riff wrote:
RedintheFace wrote:
The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?
In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.
I said 'Italian', not 'Italian's'. I can tell you now that if I was racist, I wouldn't have done voluntary work for Oxfam.
So you didn't write 'bleedin Italians' in the other thread. maybe you should check. Like I said...may be due to careless grammar.
[quote][p][bold]Highworth red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blazing Riff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RedintheFace[/bold] wrote: The irony... Highworth's a racist cos he mentions PDC's nationality. PDC's not a racist though he's a self-professed fascist?[/p][/quote]In fairness to Highworth Red let's be quite clear. I didn't SAY he's a racist but his posts hinted at racism and, it may be due to careless grammar. I rather hoped he'd get the message and will be more careful with his choice of words in the future.[/p][/quote]I said 'Italian', not 'Italian's'. I can tell you now that if I was racist, I wouldn't have done voluntary work for Oxfam.[/p][/quote]So you didn't write 'bleedin Italians' in the other thread. maybe you should check. Like I said...may be due to careless grammar. Blazing Riff

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