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Former Owl Di Canio in Swindon talks

Former Wednesday striker Paolo Di Canio is in talks with Swindon Town about becoming their new manager, according to reports.

BBC Wiltshire is reporting that the Italian will meet with Robins chairman Jeremy Wray about the position, vacated by Paul Hart, who failed to stop the club being relegation to npower League Two.

It was revealed earlier in the season that Di Canio had been linked with a League One club, with both Wednesday and Charlton Athletic mentioned, given both clubs were looking for a new manager midway through the season.

It was thought Di Canio, who also played for West Ham, Celtic and Lazio, turned down the offer because it came at the wrong time.

But with the 2010-11 season coming to an end, the 42-year-old could well take the opportunity to begin his managerial career, should it be offered to him.

It's understood that Swindon are looking to meet with a number of potential managers regarding the vacant position.

Di Canio signed for Wednesday in the summer of 1997 and played over 40 games in the blue and white following a 3 million move from Celtic.

But, following the infamous incident after his sending off against Arsenal in 1998 - he pushed referee Paul Alcock to the ground, the Italian left for West Ham for a fee of 1.75m.




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Date:Wednesday May 11 2011

Time: 12:57PM

Your Comments

Would absolutely love Di Canio back at Hillsborough. No disrespect to Megson but this man is an absolute legend and one of football's few characters left in the game. I know he arguably screwed us over and I was devastated to see him leave in the fashion he did... but he'd Paolo di Canio!!! Don't start at Swindon Paolo, start at Hillsborough!!
Carbone's Padawan
Di Canio and Carbone as his assitant!
Owls That!
Am i the only wednesday supporter in the world who detest's those two?
DEZZYP
they were brilliant for that little golden period where you would go to hillsborough early to watch these 2 warm up with a couple of games of keepy-uppy - the warm ups were more entertaining than anything this current lot have done all season. but i have to agree with dezzyp that they left us right in the **** and i hated them for a long while after they left, though looking back think it may have had much more to do with the management - wasn't it young danny wilson(rumours are he's in line for the blades job!!) that couldn't handle them....
Patrick Blondeau
sack megson now and get di canio! seriously though I have a different to view to any above. Di Canio and Carbone were totally different in my opinion, Carbone only cared about himself as shown when he refused to play at southampton and then demanding an extoronate amount of money when his contract was up whereas di canio played for the team especially when carbone wasn't in the team. we forced di canio out by not supporting him over that silly incident with alcock. chalk and cheese
Hirsty's Shinpads
Just to check are you seriously saying that we should put an unproven manager at the helm of ship that has only just been saved from sinking??! I could understand JS being talked about if he became available (but that's REALLY unlikely) he's proven and he really wants to manage us one day, this was totally clear having spoken to him at Hirsty's bar. I for one however am not willing to take what is effectively a punt on what is a critical season for our club. I remember when Shearer was being talked about as Brian's replacement no one wanted him as he's unproven so what makes Di canio any different. Don't get me wrong a Phenominal player on his day and one of the most memorable characters in the modern game and I'm not saying "Never" either... I'm just saying definetly not now! WTID
4evaOWL
Besides he'd only jump ship first offer he got.
ecco owl
I suppose he's got to cut his managerial teeth somewhere but I for one am glad it's not us. Just when we start to steady the ship people talk about wanting to re-introduce one of the key elements that took us into the abyss in the first place back into the club.
TheDon1974
Appointing him now would be a ridiculous thing to do. what we need is stability and somebody who knows how to get out of this league, not somebody who is known for pushing a referee over. Get behind Meggo boys!
s5owl
Too right s5owl, Megson is a Wednesday fan, he won't be walking out on us if we run away with this league next season, unlike the above, so get behind him everybody and stop getting on his back, whatever he does is ok with me because he's the manager.
ecco owl
WO WO WO nobody is saying we should take a punt on di canio (apart from carbones padawan) its JUST an article about his application for swindon, calm the hell down.
ozzietheowl
I'm not really on about Di Canio, it's people having a go at Megson.
ecco owl
lets all calm down.Ok Megson was not everybodys cup of tea included me but the man with the purse strings calls the shots.Megson got us playing well towards the end of the season and it may have been different now if we carried the form from the start.But at this level he will shine,as he now has a jigsaw puzzle with instructions instead of guessing the pieces which Irvine left with no instructions. I firmly belive we will steam the league next year as megson will be allowed to build his team and he has managed at the top level ok he was not a sucsess but he has the experience.
garrymo
 

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