Paolo Di Canio is a controversial figure, and his words reflect exactly that.
While his time at Sunderland may have been short-lived, it has been memorable in equal measure, thanks to the Italian manager’s interesting views and his tendency to reveal them in interviews.
Here, GMS takes a look at some of Di Canio's best quotes.
On England: "Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages. After which the players take to the field, belching and farting. English football culture is one of pure, intense competition, and that's why I have always preferred it to Italy.”
On his diet regime: “We need to have lectures about why we can’t have every day things like mayonnaise, ketchup and coke.”
On Steve Evans: “I’ve never heard his name. I don’t have anything to say to a person who is one of a million people talking about me in the world so I’m happy for him if he has one line in the national newspaper. I laughed in the face of 70,000 Man United fans when I scored, you could imagine what it would be like if I was worried by the words of him.”
On his pedigree: “Me walk away? What? Never. I always believe that I am the best manager in the world. Why should I have to walk out? I have been working 24 hours a day. The players have to adapt to me, to one person. I cannot be a fake Di Canio.”
On deciding to become a manager: “A lion can’t stay in a cage. A lion has to be on the pitch.”
On playing Aston Villa: “I’m not worried about Villa Park. For me, it’s like going to the theatre or seeing Pavarotti when he was still alive. It’s an easy place to go.”
On mobile phones: “Imagine if for years your habit is to use the phone when you’re having a massage on the bed, even one minute before going out to train? For 25 days I accepted this, because my first priority was to work on the field. However, I’ve said that from now if someone comes inside with a mobile phone, even in their bag, I’ll throw it in the North Sea. They’re banned.”
On shopping: “The shopping is not finished and before the pre-season starts I would like to bring in another two players. I like shopping, maybe I have become a woman.”
On his players: “If they have more desire and play less empty in the brain, they can keep the ball much better. At this moment, they are empty. John O’Shea did something that was unacceptable at this level.”
On his political stance: "I am a fascist, not a racist."
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