Di Canio Appointed As Manager Of Swindon


Premier League legend Paolo Di Canio has been paraded as the new boss of Swindon. The former West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday star takes over at the League Two side on a two-year deal in his first job as a boss. Di Canio, 42, was unveiled at the County Ground by delighted Swindon chiefs on Monday.

And he was quick to demonstrate his passion for his new job, saying, "A lion can't stay in a cage, he has to be on the pitch. I saw the enthusiasm and desire to win. For the first step for me it is important to choose the right place. I want to have success, I want to win and this is the best place. I am sure of my knowledge and my thinking on football."

Di Canio, who takes over from Paul Hart, will use his contacts at Tottenham and AC Milan to bring in players to boost Swindon's promotion push next season. He played under Harry Redknapp for two-and-a-half years at West Ham and has already spoken to the Tottenham boss about possible loan signings. Di Canio has also been in contact with Italian giants AC Milan, with whom he won the Serie A title in 1996 during his only season at the San Siro.

"we need people with good physical qualities. And that happens everywhere, not just League Two. I have good contacts. I know that Harry Redknapp would be willing to help me out with players and I have spoken positively to the chairman at Milan about lending up and coming youth. But most players that we want to bring in are English. We are in England, they know this football and they know how to win this league," he said.

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