Despite having no experience as a manager, wherever Paolo Di Canio goes this season with his Swindon Town, the media are sure to be there, perhaps waiting for that latin temperament to boil over. Brian Parish went along to see the Robins play Dagenham earlier this week.
“We may only be in the second week of the season, but the games come thick and fast and tonight marks our fourth game of the season already. After the joy of an away win on the opening day, we’ve suffered a heavy defeat at Bournemouth in the League Cup, before losing in the league for the first time at the weekend to AFC Wimbledon. But we already have a chance to put that right against a team that were relegated alongside us from League 1 last season, Swindon Town.
We are used to seeing a few West Ham shirts at our home games, but tonight, there could be more than usual, despite the fact that they are playing away at Watford. And the reason for this is the presence of one man on the Swindon Town bench; Paolo Di Canio.
When he signed for West Ham in January 1999, he was not exactly English football’s most popular person. Banned for twelve games for pushing referee Paul Alcock (and the resulting comedy fall), there were plenty who wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole. However, Harry Redknapp got him to West Ham and the rest is history. The scorer of one of the finest goals you will ever see (against Wimbledon in March 2000), it could be argued that Di Canio found his home in East London. Indeed, he still talks very fondly of his time at the club, and even treated viewers to a sight of his West Ham tattoo during a recent interview with Mark Clemmitt. Put simply, the man is a West Ham legend.
Which is great if they get to play at the Boleyn Ground any time soon, but this is Victoria Road, and the sight of other team’s jerseys in the home section annoys me. As I have ranted here before, I can cope with it on kids, but it’s when you get adults doing it that it frustrates me. Continue reading