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Cherries chairman: I wouldn't want Paolo as boss
BOURNEMOUTH chairman Eddie Mitchell has stoked the fires ahead of his side’s League One clash with Swindon Town on Saturday by claiming he would rather work with Cherries boss Paul Groves than Robins manager Paolo Di Canio.
The two men are as different as they come in the management game, with the quiet and thoughtful Groves happy to shy away from the limelight in stark contrast to the explosive and notoriously controversial Di Canio.
However, even though Di Canio has the potential to become one of the more sought-after managerial properties in the lower leagues, Mitchell - himself no stranger to controversy - has insisted he would pick Groves as boss given the choice.
He said: “I know Paul but I don’t know Di Canio, other than what I have seen in the press. From what I have seen and heard, I would rather have somebody who lets the players do more of the talking for the team.
“Their mannerisms are completely different and I prefer Paul’s. His give a better atmosphere for everybody in and around the team. I am sure they are both hell-bent on winning but it is how you go about displaying that.
“Di Canio certainly seems more outward going and does things off the cuff, similar to myself, while Paul is more calculated and would always be my favoured choice.”
Mitchell suggested that his own similarities to Di Canio would cause problems off the pitch if the pair were ever to work together.
“We are all different,” he said. “Some people hold in their emotions and others let them out. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the way Di Canio is but I would prefer to work with somebody who is the opposite of me.
“I think you get the best of both worlds then. If you have two very similar people, you could end up never seeing eye to eye. There are no ‘yes men’ at our club and I don’t get my own way. But if you jump into things without much thought, you could end up going down the wrong road.”