SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio compares match build-up to a "reunion"

Swindon Advertiser: Paolo Di Canio Paolo Di Canio

SWINDON Town’s build-up to the trip to Preston reminded Paolo Di Canio of a school reunion, and the Robins boss is convinced that hampered his team’s chances of getting a result at Deepdale.

After five new signings were made in the final two days of the transfer window, Town’s latest recruits had spent the 48 hours prior to kick-off in Lancashire catching up with old friends from within the game.

And Di Canio said that distracted his players’ mental preparations for the game.

“It looked in the last few days like an old reunion,” he said. “People that play with other people two years ago or three years ago speaking only about personal stories – where you’ve been, why you left, I’m a fan, enjoy, go out for pizza – which is good sometimes to gel together.

“But sometimes you disturb yourself from focusing because we are a team that has to stay 200 per cent to play well.

“Even if we fly like a butterfly for half an hour or maybe two hours like we did on the coach yesterday – if that has come in now we have to cancel straight away.

“Now we know each other, now there is no time more to spend five or six hours out having pizza and having only personal stories. This doesn’t help because we were distracted by the situation.

“Obviously that is my fault because I brought in five players but just to send a message now I told them ‘now we know each other, don’t spend too much time talking about what we did last year or in pre-season’ because we are teammates, we only have to work together, shout the mouth, work hard, focus the attention and put the heart, the passion completely into the game.

“Today we don’t have to cancel; we have to remember what we did today.”

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6:18am Mon 3 Sep 12

Synthesizer Jones says...

I have no idea what he is on about here. He really needs to work on his man management skills. If my boss told me not to talk to my colleagues about certain subjects, or spend time with them outside work, I'd probably start thinking about finding a new employer.

Di Canio clearly has big ambitions to create a career for himself in football management, but unless he can learn to treat his players like human beings, he's not going to progress very far.
I have no idea what he is on about here. He really needs to work on his man management skills. If my boss told me not to talk to my colleagues about certain subjects, or spend time with them outside work, I'd probably start thinking about finding a new employer. Di Canio clearly has big ambitions to create a career for himself in football management, but unless he can learn to treat his players like human beings, he's not going to progress very far. Synthesizer Jones

6:44am Mon 3 Sep 12

aussieg says...

Totally agree with all your thoughts
Totally agree with all your thoughts aussieg

6:45am Mon 3 Sep 12

aussieg says...

Synthesizer Jones wrote:
I have no idea what he is on about here. He really needs to work on his man management skills. If my boss told me not to talk to my colleagues about certain subjects, or spend time with them outside work, I'd probably start thinking about finding a new employer.

Di Canio clearly has big ambitions to create a career for himself in football management, but unless he can learn to treat his players like human beings, he's not going to progress very far.
Totally agree with all your thoughts
[quote][p][bold]Synthesizer Jones[/bold] wrote: I have no idea what he is on about here. He really needs to work on his man management skills. If my boss told me not to talk to my colleagues about certain subjects, or spend time with them outside work, I'd probably start thinking about finding a new employer. Di Canio clearly has big ambitions to create a career for himself in football management, but unless he can learn to treat his players like human beings, he's not going to progress very far.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with all your thoughts aussieg

6:52am Mon 3 Sep 12

Anoldgreymoonraker says...

Agree with above posts too but still think we will make Championship this season ....:o))
Agree with above posts too but still think we will make Championship this season ....:o)) Anoldgreymoonraker

7:16am Mon 3 Sep 12

Raef Barnes says...

It's not rocket science Di Canio's saying the players weren't focussed on the job at hand, simple as that.

People need to stop sensationalising everything. We lost, he subbed the keeper - so what, move on.
It's not rocket science Di Canio's saying the players weren't focussed on the job at hand, simple as that. People need to stop sensationalising everything. We lost, he subbed the keeper - so what, move on. Raef Barnes

7:54am Mon 3 Sep 12

stfcexeter says...

aah a somewhat calmer posting place on this thread methinks.Raef Barnes,that's probably the most sensible post on this site that ive seen for a while.Having got back to sunny Devon about 7 hours ago after a long week travelling around the country watching football,in my opinion pdc was right.Wes was at fault for 3 of the 5 goals we conceded during his time on the pitch in the last 2 games.So you sub him, simple.If it had been a centre back who was at fault for 3 goals pdc would have done the same,subbed him, and not had the complete nonsense and utter rubbish that people have posted on here in the last few hours.I very rarely post on here, i just like to watch from afar and read.But the totally over the top reactions to yesterday are completely ridiculous and moved me to post.We've lost a game,that's all. Paulo is Paulo he ain't going to change he is what he is.You take the passion out of the man, then you have nothing,People, including players have to accept Pdc and his faults and the way he is and deal with it.
aah a somewhat calmer posting place on this thread methinks.Raef Barnes,that's probably the most sensible post on this site that ive seen for a while.Having got back to sunny Devon about 7 hours ago after a long week travelling around the country watching football,in my opinion pdc was right.Wes was at fault for 3 of the 5 goals we conceded during his time on the pitch in the last 2 games.So you sub him, simple.If it had been a centre back who was at fault for 3 goals pdc would have done the same,subbed him, and not had the complete nonsense and utter rubbish that people have posted on here in the last few hours.I very rarely post on here, i just like to watch from afar and read.But the totally over the top reactions to yesterday are completely ridiculous and moved me to post.We've lost a game,that's all. Paulo is Paulo he ain't going to change he is what he is.You take the passion out of the man, then you have nothing,People, including players have to accept Pdc and his faults and the way he is and deal with it. stfcexeter

8:46am Mon 3 Sep 12

stfcknowitall says...

Yesterday was a massive wake-up call. Yesterdays performance reminded me of the one against Aldershot away last season when our players turned up thinking a win was a dead cert for them. Take away the Foderingham saga we deserved to lose fair and square like every swindon fan who was there knows.

Im behind Paolo 100% and always be will for as long as he is at our great club. Paolo has every right to explain to us why he thought we performed so badly yesterday, I love his honesty and openess. He blames himself in this case saying the players taking thier eye off the ball was his fault. Oxford on wednesday, lets hope for a good reaction!

IN PAOLO I TRUST!!
Yesterday was a massive wake-up call. Yesterdays performance reminded me of the one against Aldershot away last season when our players turned up thinking a win was a dead cert for them. Take away the Foderingham saga we deserved to lose fair and square like every swindon fan who was there knows. Im behind Paolo 100% and always be will for as long as he is at our great club. Paolo has every right to explain to us why he thought we performed so badly yesterday, I love his honesty and openess. He blames himself in this case saying the players taking thier eye off the ball was his fault. Oxford on wednesday, lets hope for a good reaction! IN PAOLO I TRUST!! stfcknowitall

9:14am Mon 3 Sep 12

TheTownEnd says...

stfcexeter wrote:
aah a somewhat calmer posting place on this thread methinks.Raef Barnes,that's probably the most sensible post on this site that ive seen for a while.Having got back to sunny Devon about 7 hours ago after a long week travelling around the country watching football,in my opinion pdc was right.Wes was at fault for 3 of the 5 goals we conceded during his time on the pitch in the last 2 games.So you sub him, simple.If it had been a centre back who was at fault for 3 goals pdc would have done the same,subbed him, and not had the complete nonsense and utter rubbish that people have posted on here in the last few hours.I very rarely post on here, i just like to watch from afar and read.But the totally over the top reactions to yesterday are completely ridiculous and moved me to post.We've lost a game,that's all. Paulo is Paulo he ain't going to change he is what he is.You take the passion out of the man, then you have nothing,People, including players have to accept Pdc and his faults and the way he is and deal with it.
Excellent post - completely agree and totally support PDC in everything he is doing for our club - without PDC we would and will be nowhere - he is what makes the difference and just expects the same commitment to the task at hand from his players - some give it, some cant hack it, if they dont want to toe the line they canand should be shipped out and replaced !
[quote][p][bold]stfcexeter[/bold] wrote: aah a somewhat calmer posting place on this thread methinks.Raef Barnes,that's probably the most sensible post on this site that ive seen for a while.Having got back to sunny Devon about 7 hours ago after a long week travelling around the country watching football,in my opinion pdc was right.Wes was at fault for 3 of the 5 goals we conceded during his time on the pitch in the last 2 games.So you sub him, simple.If it had been a centre back who was at fault for 3 goals pdc would have done the same,subbed him, and not had the complete nonsense and utter rubbish that people have posted on here in the last few hours.I very rarely post on here, i just like to watch from afar and read.But the totally over the top reactions to yesterday are completely ridiculous and moved me to post.We've lost a game,that's all. Paulo is Paulo he ain't going to change he is what he is.You take the passion out of the man, then you have nothing,People, including players have to accept Pdc and his faults and the way he is and deal with it.[/p][/quote]Excellent post - completely agree and totally support PDC in everything he is doing for our club - without PDC we would and will be nowhere - he is what makes the difference and just expects the same commitment to the task at hand from his players - some give it, some cant hack it, if they dont want to toe the line they canand should be shipped out and replaced ! TheTownEnd

9:23am Mon 3 Sep 12

avo says...

I am assuming that he tells every prospective signing exactly how things work, what his expectations are and what the club rules are, does he not?
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As for his public outbursts, such is the media focus these days you'd have to be blind deaf and living abroad not to have noticed, and in turn realised that this is the man, this is his passion, right or wrong you know what to expect when you sign for our club.
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Grow up, take it on the chin, apologise and move on. Don't like it? Cheerio then.....we will replace you.
I am assuming that he tells every prospective signing exactly how things work, what his expectations are and what the club rules are, does he not? . As for his public outbursts, such is the media focus these days you'd have to be blind deaf and living abroad not to have noticed, and in turn realised that this is the man, this is his passion, right or wrong you know what to expect when you sign for our club. . Grow up, take it on the chin, apologise and move on. Don't like it? Cheerio then.....we will replace you. avo

9:38am Mon 3 Sep 12

Highworth red says...

avo wrote:
I am assuming that he tells every prospective signing exactly how things work, what his expectations are and what the club rules are, does he not? . As for his public outbursts, such is the media focus these days you'd have to be blind deaf and living abroad not to have noticed, and in turn realised that this is the man, this is his passion, right or wrong you know what to expect when you sign for our club. . Grow up, take it on the chin, apologise and move on. Don't like it? Cheerio then.....we will replace you.
Spot on Avo.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: I am assuming that he tells every prospective signing exactly how things work, what his expectations are and what the club rules are, does he not? . As for his public outbursts, such is the media focus these days you'd have to be blind deaf and living abroad not to have noticed, and in turn realised that this is the man, this is his passion, right or wrong you know what to expect when you sign for our club. . Grow up, take it on the chin, apologise and move on. Don't like it? Cheerio then.....we will replace you.[/p][/quote]Spot on Avo. Highworth red

9:49am Mon 3 Sep 12

Eastleighrobin says...

I personally feel that these things are best looked at in the cold light of day. In any workplace complacency can kick in - personally no one is beyond criticism. I am glad someone is so passionate about high standards. Just because you had a good year doesn't mean an off day cant creep in.
I personally feel that these things are best looked at in the cold light of day. In any workplace complacency can kick in - personally no one is beyond criticism. I am glad someone is so passionate about high standards. Just because you had a good year doesn't mean an off day cant creep in. Eastleighrobin

9:54am Mon 3 Sep 12

deviant in the tupping pen says...

Raef Barnes wrote:
It's not rocket science Di Canio's saying the players weren't focussed on the job at hand, simple as that.

People need to stop sensationalising everything. We lost, he subbed the keeper - so what, move on.
Couldn't agree more. We had a bad day. It happens. Move on. As for PdC, he is what he is. Above all, he's passionate. Usually that's a big plus for STFC, sometimes maybe not so. Live with it.
[quote][p][bold]Raef Barnes[/bold] wrote: It's not rocket science Di Canio's saying the players weren't focussed on the job at hand, simple as that. People need to stop sensationalising everything. We lost, he subbed the keeper - so what, move on.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. We had a bad day. It happens. Move on. As for PdC, he is what he is. Above all, he's passionate. Usually that's a big plus for STFC, sometimes maybe not so. Live with it. deviant in the tupping pen

10:30am Mon 3 Sep 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Loving the posts on this thread. Do you think we could have our own thread so we can have calmer reactions?!

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Loving the posts on this thread. Do you think we could have our own thread so we can have calmer reactions?! 7-1 available today friends and comrades. If you haven't backed us, take it with betvictor before it's to late! dreamofacleansheet2

11:17am Mon 3 Sep 12

LeGod says...

I see Rio Ferdinand has poked his nose in today saying Paolo was too harsh well why doesnt Rio concentrate on his own club and sort his useless brother out at QPR who shouldnt even be on a premier league pitch (he's not good enough).
I see Rio Ferdinand has poked his nose in today saying Paolo was too harsh well why doesnt Rio concentrate on his own club and sort his useless brother out at QPR who shouldnt even be on a premier league pitch (he's not good enough). LeGod

12:40pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Swindon1984 says...

Personally think the reaction from both was unfortunate - Wes should have taken the decision like a man and not had the tenacity to kick the bottle and storm off. Paolo should have left the substitution happen as normal rather than goading Wes from the touchline. Should've probably not reacted in the way he did post match either, as some of the statements made against Wes were a bit harsh - you'd expect this to be handled in private, rather than sounding the guy out for all to see.

Don't get me wrong, I'm behind PDC, and he's done brilliantly for us, but I really hope this doesn't escalate completely out of control, cause if he loses the dressing room we'll be in for a long, painful year.

Also wondering if after the drinking situation last year Paolo's going at the number 1 harder than he would otherwise have done so - suppose in Paolo's eyes he'd been let down once already, now feels it's happened again and would expect Wes to make a grovelling apology and an ultimatum about his future - this happens again and you're out sort of thing.

Like I say, unfortunate all round, this is a time when we should be enjoying the football on show which until yesterday, has been of a good standard this season, rather than worrying about he might be for the chop next.
Personally think the reaction from both was unfortunate - Wes should have taken the decision like a man and not had the tenacity to kick the bottle and storm off. Paolo should have left the substitution happen as normal rather than goading Wes from the touchline. Should've probably not reacted in the way he did post match either, as some of the statements made against Wes were a bit harsh - you'd expect this to be handled in private, rather than sounding the guy out for all to see. Don't get me wrong, I'm behind PDC, and he's done brilliantly for us, but I really hope this doesn't escalate completely out of control, cause if he loses the dressing room we'll be in for a long, painful year. Also wondering if after the drinking situation last year Paolo's going at the number 1 harder than he would otherwise have done so - suppose in Paolo's eyes he'd been let down once already, now feels it's happened again and would expect Wes to make a grovelling apology and an ultimatum about his future - this happens again and you're out sort of thing. Like I say, unfortunate all round, this is a time when we should be enjoying the football on show which until yesterday, has been of a good standard this season, rather than worrying about he might be for the chop next. Swindon1984

5:39pm Mon 3 Sep 12

BillyLucas4me says...

Real problem was that I forecast a 5-0 win for the town and they all fell about laughing ;o(
Real problem was that I forecast a 5-0 win for the town and they all fell about laughing ;o( BillyLucas4me

6:37pm Mon 3 Sep 12

candlestrobe says...

"Now there is no time more to spend five or six hours out having pizza"

Must have been one helluva Pizza - I expect the players required refreshments also.
"Now there is no time more to spend five or six hours out having pizza" Must have been one helluva Pizza - I expect the players required refreshments also. candlestrobe

9:20pm Mon 3 Sep 12

swindonthruandthru says...

and why oh why a picture with a tear in his eye from last year adver you trying to say di canio is crying to much sensationalism again from the reporter ;-)
and why oh why a picture with a tear in his eye from last year adver you trying to say di canio is crying to much sensationalism again from the reporter ;-) swindonthruandthru

9:06am Tue 4 Sep 12

akershaker says...

LeGod wrote:
I see Rio Ferdinand has poked his nose in today saying Paolo was too harsh well why doesnt Rio concentrate on his own club and sort his useless brother out at QPR who shouldnt even be on a premier league pitch (he's not good enough).
I'm not surprised. There is no way that egotistic Premier League players would put up with Paolo, but that's too their detriment. Ive often thought if Paolo moves to a top side at some point in the future it will all go wrong, a la Brian Clough. Paolo is building a team and won't take any s**t on discipline, effort, behaviour or fitness. It is, and will, work wonders for us - but you can you imagine his first season at a big club?
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: I see Rio Ferdinand has poked his nose in today saying Paolo was too harsh well why doesnt Rio concentrate on his own club and sort his useless brother out at QPR who shouldnt even be on a premier league pitch (he's not good enough).[/p][/quote]I'm not surprised. There is no way that egotistic Premier League players would put up with Paolo, but that's too their detriment. Ive often thought if Paolo moves to a top side at some point in the future it will all go wrong, a la Brian Clough. Paolo is building a team and won't take any s**t on discipline, effort, behaviour or fitness. It is, and will, work wonders for us - but you can you imagine his first season at a big club? akershaker

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