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SWINDON TOWN: Time-out for Paolo
PAOLO Di Canio is looking forward to a full week working with the Swindon Town squad for the first time this season following this afternoon’s clash with Leyton Orient, describing the break from competitive action as “oxygen” for his side.
Games have come thick and fast for the Robins so far this term, both in League One and in two knockout competitions, meaning Di Canio has been preparing his side for a match every three or four days since the campaign began against Brighton on August 14.
However, after the visit of the O’s, Town have seven days without a fixture prior to the long trip to Carlisle next weekend – and Di Canio plans to use the extra training time to reinforce his footballing ideology to both his new signings and those who have been part of the County Ground set-up for a little longer.
“It’s crucial for me,” he told the Advertiser. “For the players I have had under me for 15 or 16 months you can see that someone every three or four games forgets the principle - not only the body language and desire but the principle.
“If you don’t repeat every week and use Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for the tactical moments, even at the top level, you forget this.
“Repeating the training sessions helps you.
“I have five days, and it’s crucial in this situation because I have five new players and they have to come in.
“The process can become more quick to know each other. Practise and practise is crucial for me.
“We know we have a period when we will play Tuesday-Saturday, Tuesday-Saturday but this week is for me like oxygen.
“On Saturday we try to win then we have another week to recover and work not for one or two days - for four days in a row.
“It will be full immersion - the players have to understand not to feel bored because it is a part of our job. “The new players have to mix together as quickly as they can and understand how we want to play.”
Meanwhile, Swindon Town’s iconic Stratton Bank is set to be renamed the Excalibur Stand this afternoon.
The Swindon-based communications firm currently sponsor Town boss Paolo Di Canio, but have extended their deal to include naming rights to the Stratton Bank, and the new name will be unveiled during a ceremony before this afternoon’s game with Leyton Orient.
James Phipps, CEO of Excalibur said: “We are really pleased to continue with the sponsorship of the club.
“As genuine supporters of the team and running a successful business in the town, it’s great to be able to support the club in these ways.
“I’m really excited we have had the opportunity to extend our sponsorship and name the Stratton Bank the Excalibur Stand.”