Paolo Di Canio: Premier League manager in the making?
Former Swindon Town manager Paolo Di Canio has all the attributes to succeed at the top level
Paolo Di Canio, in such a short managerial career, has already shown signs of what he can achieve as a manager.
Although new to management, he has the attributes which should carry him through a long and successful career if he wishes.
As a player at Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham United, Di Canio was a typical Italian. He played with passion, extravagance and a huge amount of skill which brought him adulation from the supporters of all these clubs.
Di Canio has achieved success already in his short managerial career. At Swindon Town he achieved promotion from League 2 in 2011/12 and has left them in a position to push for a second successive promotion this season.
The Italian has often courted controversy wherever he has played. Most famously in 1998, whilst at Sheffield Wednesday, Di Canio pushed over referee Paul Alcock during a Premier League game which led to a fine and an 11 match ban.
Although controversial at times he is a deeply proud man. His stint at Swindon, although brief, was full of instances that reveal the character of the man.
From passionate press conferences, altercations with his own players, helping to clear his own pitch of snow and his offer to pay the wages of his own players, there has never been a dull moment with Di Canio in charge.
This is why many supporters will hope that one day he can manage their club. Entertainment is guaranteed.
Di Canio reminds me of a cross between Sir Alex Ferguson, with his no nonsense approach to his own players, and Jose Mourinho, who has the extravagance and passion. He will hope that he can go on and achieve half of what they have achieved in their managerial careers.
Di Canio will manage again, of that there is no doubt. What price his next managerial job being in the Premier League? Perhaps an emotional return to West Ham United is on the cards?
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