SWINDON TOWN: Paolo was Swindon's most wanted

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PAOLO Di Canio was Swindon Town’s number one target from the moment he applied for the position, and interim chairman Jeremy Wray was thrilled to finally land his man.

Three weeks of interviews came to a conclusion on Thursday, when the Italian verbally accepted the club’s offer of a two-year deal.

After completing his media commitments this weekend he will fly to England first thing on Monday morning to complete the necessary paperwork, before speaking about the move for the first time at a press conference later that day.

Di Canio beat off strong competition from a shortlist that was of the highest calibre, which is all the more impressive considering the Robins had only weeks earlier slumped into League Two with a whimper, finishing deservedly bottom of the standings.

It was the apparent lack of passion from too many players over the course of the season that convinced Wray that such an emotion was a must in his requirements of a new manager.

And as soon as Di Canio’s CV dropped in his inbox, Wray had no doubt in his mind who was going to be the right man to take the club forward.

He told the Advertiser: “We are thrilled to get a manager of the calibre of Paolo Di Canio, to get a character like that at Swindon Town is great for the club.

“His passion is infectious, the professionalism and pride he had as a player is clearly evident in everything he does and he came across exactly the same in the interview.

“I made sure there was no bias on my part by having two people in the meeting who perhaps did not know the character of Paolo beforehand so they could look at it totally objectively, they were bowled immediately over as well.

“We came down to a couple of candidates but at the end of the day we are delighted that our first choice said yes, we have no doubt we have the right man.”

It was anticipated that the board would announce their choice after a board meeting on Tuesday but it was not until Thursday night when everything was finally agreed, as first revealed exclusively by the Advertiser.

And Wray, mindful of mistakes made in the past, revealed that the delay was due to the fact he and his fellow board members wanted to be absolutely sure that their final decision was the correct one.

“The truth was that the candidates we had on the final shortlist were very good, as a result we wanted to think about it carefully with regards to which direction we wanted to take the club,” he added.

“Things ran overtime on Tuesday but it was a situation that we did not want to rush and make sure we got it right.”

While there will always be some trepidation in appointing a rookie manager, Di Canio’s imminent arrival seems to have so far been well received by the majority of fans.

And after months of doom and gloom around the County Ground, Wray is confident the appointment of Di Canio will prove a big boost for the club.

“It was very encouraging because when I was heading up to Tranmere on the last day of the season I was ready for a holiday to be honest,” he reflected. “I was tired and fed up, going up there knowing we were going to be playing League Two football.

“Then suddenly you get an opportunity to work with some very, very good candidates who you are happy to work with.

“But to go and get the one we have got is fantastic, he is exactly who we wanted. He will give the club a boost, and the new season starts now.”

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6:41am Sat 21 May 11

Lazaat says...

Brilliant appointment Jeremy, well done! After such a disastrous season and the lack of passion by the managers and especially the players I was very very depressed as were most of us ling suffering supporters, but this appointment has rejuvenated us all and restored our pride and enthusiasm, we are all now getting very excited about the new season! Please invest in the team next year and give the new manager the budget to win the title, we deserve that after the pain of last season! And please ignore the odd few people who procrastinate about our new managers political views, let them stay away as there will be lots more to take their place!
Brilliant appointment Jeremy, well done! After such a disastrous season and the lack of passion by the managers and especially the players I was very very depressed as were most of us ling suffering supporters, but this appointment has rejuvenated us all and restored our pride and enthusiasm, we are all now getting very excited about the new season! Please invest in the team next year and give the new manager the budget to win the title, we deserve that after the pain of last season! And please ignore the odd few people who procrastinate about our new managers political views, let them stay away as there will be lots more to take their place! Lazaat
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6:42am Sat 21 May 11

castle9 says...

ditto Lazaat!
ditto Lazaat! castle9
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7:04am Sat 21 May 11

A Tax Payer says...

So will all the fair weather season ticket holders who cashed in on the opportunity of a dirt cheap championship ST at the end of last season and who have stated publicly on here or privately that they will NOT re-new their ST reconsider? Only a fool would want to not be a part of the revolution that starts on Monday.

SW: come-look, I kid not!!!
So will all the fair weather season ticket holders who cashed in on the opportunity of a dirt cheap championship ST at the end of last season and who have stated publicly on here or privately that they will NOT re-new their ST reconsider? Only a fool would want to not be a part of the revolution that starts on Monday. SW: come-look, I kid not!!! A Tax Payer
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8:08am Sat 21 May 11

old town robin says...

A Tax Payer wrote:
So will all the fair weather season ticket holders who cashed in on the opportunity of a dirt cheap championship ST at the end of last season and who have stated publicly on here or privately that they will NOT re-new their ST reconsider? Only a fool would want to not be a part of the revolution that starts on Monday.

SW: come-look, I kid not!!!
A couple of weeks ago I moved my 3 seats to a better position to a block that had not been renewed, I was told our sales are around the 4k mark at the moment, but can see that growing to nearer 5k with this appointment. Will be interesting to see who is No 2 will be, a position that would be key to a rookie manager, as was Gorman with Hoddle. i don't think it will be Paul Bodin, but I hope he will stay with the club and work with club youth accademy
[quote][p][bold]A Tax Payer[/bold] wrote: So will all the fair weather season ticket holders who cashed in on the opportunity of a dirt cheap championship ST at the end of last season and who have stated publicly on here or privately that they will NOT re-new their ST reconsider? Only a fool would want to not be a part of the revolution that starts on Monday. SW: come-look, I kid not!!![/p][/quote]A couple of weeks ago I moved my 3 seats to a better position to a block that had not been renewed, I was told our sales are around the 4k mark at the moment, but can see that growing to nearer 5k with this appointment. Will be interesting to see who is No 2 will be, a position that would be key to a rookie manager, as was Gorman with Hoddle. i don't think it will be Paul Bodin, but I hope he will stay with the club and work with club youth accademy old town robin
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8:08am Sat 21 May 11

terrytown says...

Monday will be my Dolmio day















COYR
Monday will be my Dolmio day COYR terrytown
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8:22am Sat 21 May 11

david waldron says...

I really want Paul Bodin to be involved in the future of the club. Interested to see who PdC brings with him.

Security words 'fund both' and that is exactly how I hope it works out.
I really want Paul Bodin to be involved in the future of the club. Interested to see who PdC brings with him. Security words 'fund both' and that is exactly how I hope it works out. david waldron
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8:41am Sat 21 May 11

SeanG92 says...

Can deny he will be very passionate. Hope he is good tho, always a risk appointing a unexperienced manager and we all know good players dont always make good managers.

Best of luck to him tho and like has been said at least we should see some real fight from the players next season
Can deny he will be very passionate. Hope he is good tho, always a risk appointing a unexperienced manager and we all know good players dont always make good managers. Best of luck to him tho and like has been said at least we should see some real fight from the players next season SeanG92
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9:17am Sat 21 May 11

Penhill54 says...

My first comment on here for a while. I am approaching 60 and have been a fan of STFC since I was old enough to know what it is to be a fan. I moved away from Swindon when I was 7 but have gone back to watch matches whenever I could. I bought my first season ticket before we were relegated. I have now changed seats to a better position due to others not taking their seats for next season. I am really excited by Di Canio's appointment and I can't wait to use my season ticket.
My first comment on here for a while. I am approaching 60 and have been a fan of STFC since I was old enough to know what it is to be a fan. I moved away from Swindon when I was 7 but have gone back to watch matches whenever I could. I bought my first season ticket before we were relegated. I have now changed seats to a better position due to others not taking their seats for next season. I am really excited by Di Canio's appointment and I can't wait to use my season ticket. Penhill54
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9:32am Sat 21 May 11

joeyboy says...

I am absolutely delighted that we have managed to appoint Paolo Di Canio as our manager.In my post a while back,i said i would really like Paolo as manager and Paul Caddis as captain !.However,I cannot help but wonder why Dietmar Hamann was rejected. I am sure Mr Wray knows what he is doing,but i sincerely believe that Didi will make a brilliant manager for someone. I hope this decision does not come back to bite us on the bum,as happened with a certain Ian Holloway !. COYR.
I am absolutely delighted that we have managed to appoint Paolo Di Canio as our manager.In my post a while back,i said i would really like Paolo as manager and Paul Caddis as captain !.However,I cannot help but wonder why Dietmar Hamann was rejected. I am sure Mr Wray knows what he is doing,but i sincerely believe that Didi will make a brilliant manager for someone. I hope this decision does not come back to bite us on the bum,as happened with a certain Ian Holloway !. COYR. joeyboy
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9:34am Sat 21 May 11

RedBrum says...

It will be Dicks on Monday me thinks! Ha ha.
It will be Dicks on Monday me thinks! Ha ha. RedBrum
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9:48am Sat 21 May 11

TEWKESBURYONTOUR says...

not being negative folks but.........

....this is Swindon Town we are talking about here !! Things are never easy here as you should all know .

Think Paulo will do well here if he signs on Monday but he hasn't signed yet !!

Just a niggling feeling that he may be sleeping on it over the weekend ?

Hope I'm wrong.. Normally am !!

Come on You Reds !!!!
not being negative folks but......... ....this is Swindon Town we are talking about here !! Things are never easy here as you should all know . Think Paulo will do well here if he signs on Monday but he hasn't signed yet !! Just a niggling feeling that he may be sleeping on it over the weekend ? Hope I'm wrong.. Normally am !! Come on You Reds !!!! TEWKESBURYONTOUR
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12:12pm Sat 21 May 11

thesixtyniner says...

RedBrum wrote:
It will be Dicks on Monday me thinks! Ha ha.
That's your business, mate!

But yes, that would be a sound choice. The scariest management team in football?

Apart from Wenger and Rice. But they're scary for very different reasons.
[quote][p][bold]RedBrum[/bold] wrote: It will be Dicks on Monday me thinks! Ha ha.[/p][/quote]That's your business, mate! But yes, that would be a sound choice. The scariest management team in football? Apart from Wenger and Rice. But they're scary for very different reasons. thesixtyniner
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1:43pm Sat 21 May 11

Micky Hazard says...

TEWKESBURYONTOUR wrote:
not being negative folks but......... ....this is Swindon Town we are talking about here !! Things are never easy here as you should all know . Think Paulo will do well here if he signs on Monday but he hasn't signed yet !! Just a niggling feeling that he may be sleeping on it over the weekend ? Hope I'm wrong.. Normally am !! Come on You Reds !!!!
After what we've all been through over the years, I understand your concern - however they wouldn't have agreed to make the formal announcement unless everything has been sorted.
[quote][p][bold]TEWKESBURYONTOUR[/bold] wrote: not being negative folks but......... ....this is Swindon Town we are talking about here !! Things are never easy here as you should all know . Think Paulo will do well here if he signs on Monday but he hasn't signed yet !! Just a niggling feeling that he may be sleeping on it over the weekend ? Hope I'm wrong.. Normally am !! Come on You Reds !!!![/p][/quote]After what we've all been through over the years, I understand your concern - however they wouldn't have agreed to make the formal announcement unless everything has been sorted. Micky Hazard
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9:32pm Sat 21 May 11

STFCLetsGetRocked says...

I spoke with a West Ham supporting mate, and he said we've done extremely well to get Di Canio - he's a winner and will instill a winning mentality into the team.

We can only hope for better next season - hopefully promotion will happen for us, but maybe it's more important to bring the fans back and to get gates of over 8000 per home game. Once the belief starts and the negativity is replaced with optimism we should see a marked improvement.

Maybe the XTC song 'Burning With Optimism's Flames' should be played pre-match ;)
I spoke with a West Ham supporting mate, and he said we've done extremely well to get Di Canio - he's a winner and will instill a winning mentality into the team. We can only hope for better next season - hopefully promotion will happen for us, but maybe it's more important to bring the fans back and to get gates of over 8000 per home game. Once the belief starts and the negativity is replaced with optimism we should see a marked improvement. Maybe the XTC song 'Burning With Optimism's Flames' should be played pre-match ;) STFCLetsGetRocked
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10:45pm Sat 21 May 11

topsecret says...

Lazaat wrote:
Brilliant appointment Jeremy, well done! After such a disastrous season and the lack of passion by the managers and especially the players I was very very depressed as were most of us ling suffering supporters, but this appointment has rejuvenated us all and restored our pride and enthusiasm, we are all now getting very excited about the new season! Please invest in the team next year and give the new manager the budget to win the title, we deserve that after the pain of last season! And please ignore the odd few people who procrastinate about our new managers political views, let them stay away as there will be lots more to take their place!
well said , the most exciting news for a long time . The way i look at it is this.... if bristol rovers got paolo instead of us i would of been gutted , and even if it turns into a big mistake , i will take my hat off to the board for a very bold and adventurous appointment , and i cant remember looking forward to a new season for a long time , and if any smart arse wants to copy this and rub it in my face when things go wrong so be it , GREAT JOB JEREMY WRAY
[quote][p][bold]Lazaat[/bold] wrote: Brilliant appointment Jeremy, well done! After such a disastrous season and the lack of passion by the managers and especially the players I was very very depressed as were most of us ling suffering supporters, but this appointment has rejuvenated us all and restored our pride and enthusiasm, we are all now getting very excited about the new season! Please invest in the team next year and give the new manager the budget to win the title, we deserve that after the pain of last season! And please ignore the odd few people who procrastinate about our new managers political views, let them stay away as there will be lots more to take their place![/p][/quote]well said , the most exciting news for a long time . The way i look at it is this.... if bristol rovers got paolo instead of us i would of been gutted , and even if it turns into a big mistake , i will take my hat off to the board for a very bold and adventurous appointment , and i cant remember looking forward to a new season for a long time , and if any smart arse wants to copy this and rub it in my face when things go wrong so be it , GREAT JOB JEREMY WRAY topsecret
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