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SWINDON TOWN: Passing the test
NEW Swindon Town assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta sees little reason why the Robins cannot gain promotion from League Two.
The former Inter Milan youth team coach began work at the County Ground on Wednesday and will act as the link-man between Paolo Di Canio and the players.
Piccareta will also formulate the first team’s weekly training schedule, where the emphasis will be on developing and maintaining a peak level of fitness.
The Italian is also keen to help Di Canio implement a passing style of football into the team - a perceived rarity at League Two level.
Chesterfield were last season promoted to the third tier of English football by keeping the ball on the ground and Piccareta believes Swindon can do the same themselves.
“I am very, very confident we can fight for a return to League One as soon as possible,” he said. “It is always risky to predict things in football but this (promotion) is our main goal and we want to achieve this for the fans and for ourselves of course.
He added: “I think we will play good football.
“We can’t talk about English football, Italian football or French football, there is either good football or bad football.
“I don’t like to see the ball flying high in the air. I like always to see our players keep the ball on the ground. When the ball is in the air, nobody has control and everyone can play football - even the poorer players - but when it is on the ground only the good players can play.
“It will be my aim to ensure we play with the ball on the pitch.”
Aside from his role on the training ground, Piccareta also hopes to be able to provide Di Canio with a different view on football matters for the benefit of the club.
“As a footballer I was not a great player whereas Paolo obviously was, but what I hope I can provide for him is my commitment and support,” he continued.
“We will work together on the pitch every day as a team. I also hope I can offer a different point of view because sometimes a coach must have someone who can look at the same thing, but offer a different type of view. This will be my main task and I am confident I will give my best.”
Meanwhile, Town have confirmed two fixtures for pre-season, with trips to Swindon Supermarine and Cirencester Town arranged for July 19 and July 25 respectively.
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