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    London Red wrote:
    I can say I have never gone out for a pint and ended up rolling home at 10am the next morning!
    This is real life - not the Hangover!
    These are meant to be professional athletes where their body is their main asset
    I also have 2 kids and still haven't been out on an all night bender to wet their heads - let alone the day they were born - I was in the hospital or at home with my family!
    As for George Best his career ended at 27 before his peak and he died at 50 something - hardly a great pro drink and sport endorsement!
    As for the youths we had Thompson the other day say how PdC works with the youngsters and a poster on here say he has seen PdC at more than one youth game - so either they are both liers or your source (like so many on here) is wrong or got a hidden agenda
    Youth football in England is shocking - so to say it lacks the professionalism of say Barca or Milan is hardly shocking!
    I'm with PdC and JW the attitude and lifestyles of footballers need changing and if they want that at STFC great
    It's no coincidence that Scholes an Giggs are about to win what their 11th title at 38
    It was reported that Giggs was at an award night - had no alcohol and was gone by midnight as he had a game coming up
    lets just clear a few things up about the youth.pdc has watched the youth,not many times but swindon nearly always have a game when the youths are playing.I HAVE SEEN PDC WALK PAST THE YOUTH PLAYERS WITH OUT SPEAKING. BUT i bet he noticed the bags of chrisps and coke and mobile phones as the strut up to the players gate and also the bad langued i heard from one as he shouted at a ball boy he saw then though the gate no thanks to the gate man.Now if they took any intrest they would no pdc hardly speaks to anyone as the players warm up he is totaly focused on the players but he does notice things .If you ask the stewards they tell you he has time for everyone.Inotice things as well as i was on the books of a club many years ago and i thought i had it made but only one of us went on to become a pro BUT THEsmartest good manners and would stay behind doing extra training he went on to play in the prem where i went in to the building game ,yes i am the boss of 4 people but it has been hard work ,SO if you put the work in on and off the pitch you will have half a chance and remember you might not see him but he see all and hears all that goes on at the club ,just ask the first team players if in the dog house at the moment if unsure."
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Wray backs Di Canio to stamp it out

Jeremy Wray has given Paolo Di Canio his backing

Jeremy Wray has given Paolo Di Canio his backing

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor,, @AndyWarren_

SWINDON manager Paolo Di Canio will receive 100 per cent backing from the club’s board as he stamps out the unprofessionalism which he claims has infected his squad.

Following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Aldershot, Di Canio accused his players of taking their eyes off the ball and celebrating promotion before it had been officially secured.

The Italian revealed he was unhappy with a late night drinking session involving a number of his squad on Saturday night, which saw a number of first-team regulars dropped to the bench for the game at the EBB Stadium.

Di Canio has also threatened to ring the changes for Saturday’s game at Gillingham, and suggested some players could see their time at the County Ground brought to an end if they did not quickly change their ways.

Interim chairman Jeremy Wray has been impressed with the way Di Canio has worked to instil discipline into his squad since arriving in the summer, and offered his manager his full support in any decisions he makes over the future of any of the club’s players.

“Paolo will continue to have our 100 per cent support when it comes to things like this,” Wray said.

“The whole basis of the success we have had this season has been founded on the new regime of discipline and professionalism that Paolo has strived to introduce to the squad during the season, and he will not allow anything to get in the way or undermine that.

“We will back Paolo to deal with this the way he sees fit, and I think that is only right given how far he has got us this season with his hard work.

“Every action he takes always is in line with what he believes, and that is the utmost professionalism at all times.

“He has shown exactly that this week, which has been a very tough one for him, and he has not let his focus drop despite everything he has had to deal with.

“He will defend and back his players in any situation, but all he asks is that they show him the respect he asks of them.”

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