SWINDON TOWN: Rooney relishes second chance after harsh lessons under PDC

Swindon Advertiser: OUT FROM THE COLD: Luke Rooney OUT FROM THE COLD: Luke Rooney

AFTER five months in the wilderness Luke Rooney is back in the first-team fold at Swindon Town.

The winger, signed from Gillingham last season, had not featured in a matchday squad for the Robins since the trip to Preston on September 3 prior to the return clash with North End at the County Ground on Saturday.

That absence stemmed from a bizarre falling-out with former Town manager Paolo Di Canio, the reasons for which Rooney remains unclear over, and his subsequent ostracising from the senior squad.

The 22-year-old was made to train away from his teammates in the gym and eventually turned to the youth team to get some on-field practice.

Rooney accepts that deciding to go out on loan to Burton and Rotherham, neither or which benefited him in any meaningful way, could have caused Di Canio to turn against him - but he quite rightly feels mistreated in the way he has been left out of first-team affairs in 2013.

Despite his grievances, however, Rooney did not want to criticise his ex-boss and instead suggested that he needs to learn from his experiences as he develops as a player.

“I’m not going to lay blame. I think the fans who half know and can see what’s going on since he’s left. I don’t want to bad mouth him at all,” he said.

“I could come out and say he’s the big bad wolf and he’s treated me unfairly and I probably could get away with it but sometimes you look at yourself and maybe I felt a little bit sorry for myself and I didn’t react right.

“For whatever reason it didn’t work out but I’ll learn. This year’s not been a good year in terms of football but I’ve probably learnt more this year than in a season last year which went really well.

“Since January I came back from my loan at Rotherham, which didn’t work out for me. Perhaps I shouldn’t have gone on loan in the first place. I came back and I was told I was just supposed to train in the gym every day and that was it really.

“I was told I wasn’t with the first team. No reason. I actually asked to go and see the manager to maybe have a chat and maybe not apologise, because I don’t think I’ve got anything to apologise for, but maybe just to explain to him that I think I did make a few rash mistakes.

“The main mistakes I made were being young a bit naive. Rather than after the Preston game feeling a bit beat up and sorry for myself that I was brought off and then not in the squad and thought I should go out on loan, maybe I should have got my head round things a bit more.

“I’ll learn from that now and maybe not make a few naive decisions.”

Rooney regrets his decisions to move to Burton and Rotherham, where he barely featured and struggled to settle away from home.

In fact, his spells at the Pirelli and New York Stadiums reinforced to him how happy he is at Swindon, where he has 16 months remaining on his current contract.

“Once I came back I think I was treated poorly but I think I’d rather look at it from my point of view and say I maybe should have gone about things differently,” he said. “The clubs I went on loan to I didn’t beg to go to, they were just the first things that came up. Maybe I’ve learnt I shouldn’t do that but I wanted to play and get the experience.

“I didn’t go in and bang on the manager’s office and say I wanted to go out on loan it was a case of there being clubs that wanted me on loan and the club accepted.

“Rather than maybe say I wasn’t sure I chose to go. I’m quite a home person and I didn’t enjoy my two loan spells off the pitch. It’s away from home and it’s hard.

“That’s why I’m so comfortable here. I don’t mind being in Swindon because of the club and how everyone is. I love the club, down to the staff who work in the kitchen and the staff who work in the office.”

And had Di Canio remained at the club, does Rooney think he would have ever played for Swindon again?

“I don’t think so for this season. I asked to train to the youth team and asked whether it was worth talking to the manager but it seemed they wanted me out on loan,” he said. “I don’t know the situation but that was it really but then all of a sudden he left and since then Wardy and Tommy have taken over and they’ve said I’m back involved.

“I didn’t even think there was a problem. I get on with everyone else at the club it’s just me and the manager didn’t quite click.”

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6:37am Tue 26 Feb 13

louiscassius says...

Welcome back mate,

Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place....

Louis
Welcome back mate, Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place.... Louis louiscassius

6:40am Tue 26 Feb 13

louiscassius says...

Welcome back mate,

Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place....

Louis
Welcome back mate, Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place.... Louis louiscassius

7:07am Tue 26 Feb 13

Swindon1984 says...

louiscassius wrote:
Welcome back mate,

Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place....

Louis
This is maybe where PDC came up a bit short, very focused on discipline which is fine but there're some players like Rooney who are young and maybe needed a bit more leeway and some nurturing. Think LR just needs to knuckle down as you say, show the right attitude on the pitch when he gets his chances, and hopefully he still has it in him to create some magic as he did early on. Needs to find some consistency, and he could be a decent replacement for Ritchie, different types of players but both have that little bit of extra creativity that can change games
[quote][p][bold]louiscassius[/bold] wrote: Welcome back mate, Just work hard to get those balls crossed over a be the best winger you can, everything else will just click into place.... Louis[/p][/quote]This is maybe where PDC came up a bit short, very focused on discipline which is fine but there're some players like Rooney who are young and maybe needed a bit more leeway and some nurturing. Think LR just needs to knuckle down as you say, show the right attitude on the pitch when he gets his chances, and hopefully he still has it in him to create some magic as he did early on. Needs to find some consistency, and he could be a decent replacement for Ritchie, different types of players but both have that little bit of extra creativity that can change games Swindon1984

7:24am Tue 26 Feb 13

Last step says...

This is a good, fair response from Rooney to what has happened. He seems to have matured and that can only be a good thing for us. Hope his fitness levels are still up there with the rest of the squad, or at least not too far off.
This is a good, fair response from Rooney to what has happened. He seems to have matured and that can only be a good thing for us. Hope his fitness levels are still up there with the rest of the squad, or at least not too far off. Last step

7:33am Tue 26 Feb 13

LydiardRED67 says...

Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated.

Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns?

Speculation.........
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Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated. Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns? Speculation......... . LydiardRED67

7:45am Tue 26 Feb 13

jedthered says...

Fair play to Luke , as others have said he comes over as a player that has matured and just maybe we will see him tearing up the opposistion on the wing again.
Fair play to Luke , as others have said he comes over as a player that has matured and just maybe we will see him tearing up the opposistion on the wing again. jedthered

8:08am Tue 26 Feb 13

Stickshaker says...

Luke.......let the force be with you!
Do your talking on the pitch....welcome back!
Luke.......let the force be with you! Do your talking on the pitch....welcome back! Stickshaker

8:14am Tue 26 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

LydiardRED67 wrote:
Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated.

Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns?

Speculation.........

.
Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion.
I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with.
[quote][p][bold]LydiardRED67[/bold] wrote: Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated. Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns? Speculation......... .[/p][/quote]Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion. I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with. peatmoor pirate

8:15am Tue 26 Feb 13

NewburyRobin says...

These last five months must have been a nightmare for him. I for one welcome him back with open arms.

Some players respond to an arm around their shoulder others thrive on a kick up the backside, I suspect Luke falls into the first category.

Yes we still need some loan players in but a good move by Ward & Miller to bring him back into the fold.
These last five months must have been a nightmare for him. I for one welcome him back with open arms. Some players respond to an arm around their shoulder others thrive on a kick up the backside, I suspect Luke falls into the first category. Yes we still need some loan players in but a good move by Ward & Miller to bring him back into the fold. NewburyRobin

8:32am Tue 26 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

His comments show a very different person to that of 6 months ago - he needed to work harder in defence to support his flair in attack.
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Do we now have a meaner, faster, fitter and more thoughtful Rooney!?...I hope so as his raw talent is something I'm relishing seeing mature as he could be one hell of a winger.
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Make sure his assist bonus is double that of a goal bonus and watch those crosses fly!! :-)
His comments show a very different person to that of 6 months ago - he needed to work harder in defence to support his flair in attack. ... Do we now have a meaner, faster, fitter and more thoughtful Rooney!?...I hope so as his raw talent is something I'm relishing seeing mature as he could be one hell of a winger. ... Make sure his assist bonus is double that of a goal bonus and watch those crosses fly!! :-) SAPFanSTFC

8:37am Tue 26 Feb 13

LeGod says...

None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad.
We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for.
I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller.
None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad. We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for. I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller. LeGod

9:00am Tue 26 Feb 13

STFCman&boy1973 says...

peatmoor pirate wrote:
LydiardRED67 wrote:
Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated.

Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns?

Speculation.........


.
Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion.
I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with.
We didn't over spend on players...ok???
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LydiardRED67[/bold] wrote: Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated. Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns? Speculation......... .[/p][/quote]Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion. I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with.[/p][/quote]We didn't over spend on players...ok??? STFCman&boy1973

9:03am Tue 26 Feb 13

MITTED says...

Paolo may have been tough but Rooney seems to have taken the pragmatic view and learned. The number one lesson is that he is the eleventh man on the pitch from the first minute to the last, not when he chooses. If he has learned to deal with that, he can be a wonderful player. I hope he gets the chance and does the business tonight.
COYR
Paolo may have been tough but Rooney seems to have taken the pragmatic view and learned. The number one lesson is that he is the eleventh man on the pitch from the first minute to the last, not when he chooses. If he has learned to deal with that, he can be a wonderful player. I hope he gets the chance and does the business tonight. COYR MITTED

9:08am Tue 26 Feb 13

STFCman&boy1973 says...

LeGod wrote:
None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad.
We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for.
I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller.
Me for two, hoping he comes back, I just can't see it, its taking to long, the no news story that they haven't drawn up a list, says either, there trying to get Paolo back, or there waiting till he is somewhere else, so they can't get blamed for keeping him in his job...
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad. We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for. I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller.[/p][/quote]Me for two, hoping he comes back, I just can't see it, its taking to long, the no news story that they haven't drawn up a list, says either, there trying to get Paolo back, or there waiting till he is somewhere else, so they can't get blamed for keeping him in his job... STFCman&boy1973

9:26am Tue 26 Feb 13

TelSTFC says...

STFCman&boy1973 wrote:
LeGod wrote:
None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad.
We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for.
I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller.
Me for two, hoping he comes back, I just can't see it, its taking to long, the no news story that they haven't drawn up a list, says either, there trying to get Paolo back, or there waiting till he is somewhere else, so they can't get blamed for keeping him in his job...
I agree with alot of your points Le God and we dont want to go back to the drinking culture days of Wilson.

I for one was very sad when Paolo decided to leave havent seen such a rapport with the fans and leadership since Lou Macari.

But and a big but he walked out on us and the new owners did not sell Ritchie behind his back the old board did to sustain the club.

Yes what a mess but just remember what contributed to us being in a financial mess before the new takeover alot was to do with Paolo buying players or loaning players and then not playing them and that was costing us lots of money.

We are not a massive club and cannot afford this sort of management style.

Luke deserves a chance to prove himself again and to be singled out of the squad like that would do his confidence no good especailly as he is young.

Darren Ward & Tommy Miller also deserve to be given a chance to prove themselves for 3 or 4 games.

Yes its difficult because we want an auto spot and yes i agree we need some sort of leadership from the sidelines also as we all noticed on Saturday.

I will be travelling up from Portsmouth tonight to support my beloved club.
Lets please get behind Ward & Miller for the next few games

COYR
[quote][p][bold]STFCman&boy1973[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: None of us know the reason why he was excluded from the first team but one thing you cant knock Paolo for is what he expects from the work ethic of his players and there are too many players that think they are bigger than the club and i m not saying that is the case with Rooney. Paolo brought a winning culture and i still dont get all the fans knocking Paolo he has brought us success and no one can deny or knock him for it. Everyone used to knock Clough when he was manager and Paolo is a character who i think is great for the game. Before players come to this club they know what Paolo is all about as he tells them and players that dont adhere to me its there own fault if they are left out of the squad. We dont want to go back to the Danny Wilson drinking culture that we had a couple of seasons ago and fans need to be careful what they wish for. I for one would hope Paolo walks back in the front door and finish the job as without him we are a ruderless ship and that is no disrespect to ward or miller.[/p][/quote]Me for two, hoping he comes back, I just can't see it, its taking to long, the no news story that they haven't drawn up a list, says either, there trying to get Paolo back, or there waiting till he is somewhere else, so they can't get blamed for keeping him in his job...[/p][/quote]I agree with alot of your points Le God and we dont want to go back to the drinking culture days of Wilson. I for one was very sad when Paolo decided to leave havent seen such a rapport with the fans and leadership since Lou Macari. But and a big but he walked out on us and the new owners did not sell Ritchie behind his back the old board did to sustain the club. Yes what a mess but just remember what contributed to us being in a financial mess before the new takeover alot was to do with Paolo buying players or loaning players and then not playing them and that was costing us lots of money. We are not a massive club and cannot afford this sort of management style. Luke deserves a chance to prove himself again and to be singled out of the squad like that would do his confidence no good especailly as he is young. Darren Ward & Tommy Miller also deserve to be given a chance to prove themselves for 3 or 4 games. Yes its difficult because we want an auto spot and yes i agree we need some sort of leadership from the sidelines also as we all noticed on Saturday. I will be travelling up from Portsmouth tonight to support my beloved club. Lets please get behind Ward & Miller for the next few games COYR TelSTFC

9:27am Tue 26 Feb 13

stfcknowitall says...

This guy was treated like dirt in my opinion, yes he may of been young and naive and wound up Paolo the wrong way but he didn't deserve to be dropped in the way he was.

He still has a lot to learn and he did tend to faze in and out of a game when he played but he certainly can make a difference coming on for the last 20 or 30 minutes and running at an already tired opposition defence.

Glad to see him back personally.
This guy was treated like dirt in my opinion, yes he may of been young and naive and wound up Paolo the wrong way but he didn't deserve to be dropped in the way he was. He still has a lot to learn and he did tend to faze in and out of a game when he played but he certainly can make a difference coming on for the last 20 or 30 minutes and running at an already tired opposition defence. Glad to see him back personally. stfcknowitall

10:04am Tue 26 Feb 13

Red Rascal says...

Paolo exhibits the traits of very successful managers IMHO. If you look at the likes of Clive Woodward in rugby, Dave Brailsford in cycling etc they select over time the best atheletes they can for particular positions and once the team is formed others are dropped by the wayside. Think we were beginning to see that with Paolo with less team rotation and the treatment of 'unwanteds' such as Luke.
Paolo exhibits the traits of very successful managers IMHO. If you look at the likes of Clive Woodward in rugby, Dave Brailsford in cycling etc they select over time the best atheletes they can for particular positions and once the team is formed others are dropped by the wayside. Think we were beginning to see that with Paolo with less team rotation and the treatment of 'unwanteds' such as Luke. Red Rascal

10:25am Tue 26 Feb 13

FORZASTFC says...

LydiardRED67 wrote:
Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated.

Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns?

Speculation.........

.
Lol.
Really don't think so?
But take this second chance Luke, and do the talking on the pitch, give it 110% and the fans will give you all the support & backing you crave!
[quote][p][bold]LydiardRED67[/bold] wrote: Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated. Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns? Speculation......... .[/p][/quote]Lol. Really don't think so? But take this second chance Luke, and do the talking on the pitch, give it 110% and the fans will give you all the support & backing you crave! FORZASTFC

1:54pm Tue 26 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

STFCman&boy1973 wrote:
peatmoor pirate wrote:
LydiardRED67 wrote:
Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated.

Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns?

Speculation.........



.
Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion.
I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with.
We didn't over spend on players...ok???
Of course we did, that's why we had a transfer embargo.
[quote][p][bold]STFCman&boy1973[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LydiardRED67[/bold] wrote: Clutching at straws maybe, but both Alan Mac and now Rooney have chosen not to have a go at PDC for being harshly treated. Could it mean they don't want to jeopardise selection when he returns? Speculation......... .[/p][/quote]Nah, they are just being diplomatic; something Paolo could perhaps have done with being on occasion. I have to say that LR comes over well here; he accepts that he was naive but I have to say that the evidence suggests that Paolo was not great at motivating everyone in his charge; that is the secret of great management - getting more than the sum of the parts from your team (whatever industry you are in). In my view, Paolo didn't, hence we overspent on players because we were continuously having to bring in new players to cover those who he had fallen out with.[/p][/quote]We didn't over spend on players...ok???[/p][/quote]Of course we did, that's why we had a transfer embargo. peatmoor pirate

2:24pm Tue 26 Feb 13

swindonurock says...

I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back.

In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours."

He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc.

Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back.

Have some dignity for goodness sake.
I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake. swindonurock

2:43pm Tue 26 Feb 13

sw1ndon says...

swindonurock wrote:
I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.
He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity.

Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations.
[quote][p][bold]swindonurock[/bold] wrote: I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity. Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations. sw1ndon

3:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Highworth red says...

Disgraceful way for Di Canio to treat a footballer. Welcome back Luke.
Disgraceful way for Di Canio to treat a footballer. Welcome back Luke. Highworth red

3:29pm Tue 26 Feb 13

ya mums got facial hair says...

lucky boy
lucky boy ya mums got facial hair

3:37pm Tue 26 Feb 13

swindonurock says...

sw1ndon wrote:
swindonurock wrote:
I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.
He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity.

Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations.
FYI, It's "Paolo" not "Paulo."

I doubt very much that his contract was revised by people that hadn't even become owners at that point; they'd have no authority to do so even if they wanted.

In any event, it's nonsense to suggest that PDC couldn't just pick up a phone and find out what was going on. But, of course, he thinks he's way above that.

For all his talk of honour, it seems PDC has little.
[quote][p][bold]sw1ndon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindonurock[/bold] wrote: I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity. Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations.[/p][/quote]FYI, It's "Paolo" not "Paulo." I doubt very much that his contract was revised by people that hadn't even become owners at that point; they'd have no authority to do so even if they wanted. In any event, it's nonsense to suggest that PDC couldn't just pick up a phone and find out what was going on. But, of course, he thinks he's way above that. For all his talk of honour, it seems PDC has little. swindonurock

3:44pm Tue 26 Feb 13

sidelined says...

having witnessed said player out drinking one night ( only a week i think after the previous trouble with players out drinking )......He said something along the lines that he didnt care what PDC would fine him, I would question his suitability as a swindon town playing imho
having witnessed said player out drinking one night ( only a week i think after the previous trouble with players out drinking )......He said something along the lines that he didnt care what PDC would fine him, I would question his suitability as a swindon town playing imho sidelined

4:24pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Last step says...

Or, you could hope that maybe he's maturing and changing, and really will be useful for us to have around in the future. Glass half full.
Or, you could hope that maybe he's maturing and changing, and really will be useful for us to have around in the future. Glass half full. Last step

4:39pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Pewsham Red says...

swindonurock wrote:
sw1ndon wrote:
swindonurock wrote: I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.
He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity. Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations.
FYI, It's "Paolo" not "Paulo." I doubt very much that his contract was revised by people that hadn't even become owners at that point; they'd have no authority to do so even if they wanted. In any event, it's nonsense to suggest that PDC couldn't just pick up a phone and find out what was going on. But, of course, he thinks he's way above that. For all his talk of honour, it seems PDC has little.
Everyone's loyalty has a breaking point, I would suggest and Paolo's was reached, eventually. Plus loyalty is a two way street.

There is also a concept called principles, of which I am sure di Canio has many and this could also have been a factor.

Easy to judge when a) not in possession of all facts and b) when we are not in the same position.

I am not sure that we would necessarily want him back but I don't think he owes us anything.
[quote][p][bold]swindonurock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sw1ndon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindonurock[/bold] wrote: I simply can't imagine for the life of me why people want PDC back. In walking out the way he did he showed a complete lack of loyalty; a lack of maturity; and basically said "up yours." He had a contract, and he failed to honour it. So much for being a man of his word, etc. Hoping he comes back is like hoping the g/f that dumped you and went out with your best mate is going to come back. Have some dignity for goodness sake.[/p][/quote]He did honour his contract - His contract was revised by Jed and was agreed to come into effect on the Monday. Jed failed to advise Paulo of the further delay in the takeover, effectively putting two fingers up at Paulo and leaving him with little choice but to resign and keep his own integrity. Swindon will be lucky to reach the playoffs in my view so everyone should be lowering expectations.[/p][/quote]FYI, It's "Paolo" not "Paulo." I doubt very much that his contract was revised by people that hadn't even become owners at that point; they'd have no authority to do so even if they wanted. In any event, it's nonsense to suggest that PDC couldn't just pick up a phone and find out what was going on. But, of course, he thinks he's way above that. For all his talk of honour, it seems PDC has little.[/p][/quote]Everyone's loyalty has a breaking point, I would suggest and Paolo's was reached, eventually. Plus loyalty is a two way street. There is also a concept called principles, of which I am sure di Canio has many and this could also have been a factor. Easy to judge when a) not in possession of all facts and b) when we are not in the same position. I am not sure that we would necessarily want him back but I don't think he owes us anything. Pewsham Red

5:17am Wed 27 Feb 13

RICHARDPIKE says...

Come on Swindon bring in a manager and make sure we have stability. At the club. And bring down match tickets. As we all cant afford to go. Good luck to the new owners. Plz keep your promises as we were let down with previous owners
Come on Swindon bring in a manager and make sure we have stability. At the club. And bring down match tickets. As we all cant afford to go. Good luck to the new owners. Plz keep your promises as we were let down with previous owners RICHARDPIKE

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