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League One round-up: Swindon go top but Fabrizio Piccareta says he will resign in the morning

Piccareta claims he and Swindon's backroom staff will resign on Wednesday despite Robins going top

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22:38 GMT, 19 February 2013

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UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 19 February 2013

Swindon assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta claimed the club's backroom staff were all set to resign in the morning despite a 3-1 victory over Tranmere taking them to the top of League One.

Manager Paolo Di Canio quit yesterday citing off-field problems at the club and Piccareta revealed after the victory at Prenton Park the technical staff would follow suit.

Piccareta, who was put in charge for the trip to Tranmere, was adamant it would be his final game.

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

Going: Swindon beat Tranmere 3-1 but Fabrizio Piccareta will resign tomorrow

'After this game, this fantastic game
that everyone has witnessed, I want to tell you that this is our last
game as technical staff of this football club,' said Piccareta

'I want to highlight one thing. This
achievement that this fantastic team got tonight, so top of the league
and this victory has a name, and a surname and that is Paolo Di Canio.

'People must know that yesterday he
released a statement at 7pm, but until 5pm yesterday afternoon we were
together preparing for this game as usual, in the best professional way.

'And I just spoke to Paolo because he
just rang me to congratulate us and the players because he is absolutely
happy of what his team has achieved.'

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

Slow start: All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park

He added: 'From tomorrow, I don't know what is
going on with Swindon Town Football Club but this was a very important
moment to say thanks to the Swindon Town fans that are amazing.

'Tomorrow morning we will resign
because we are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow Paolo Di Canio
everywhere. Even if he will coach Real Madrid or Luton Town.'

All the goals came in the second half at Prenton Park.

James Collins hit a fierce long-range opener for the Robins (48) with Gary Roberts (71) firing into the top left-hand corner of the goal from 25 yards to double the lead.

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Gone: Paulo Di Canio resigned as Swindon Town manager on Monday

Tranmere pulled one back seven minutes later when Donervon Daniels slotted home from close range but any hopes of a comeback were dashed by Roberts' stunning long-range strike at the death.

In the other League One match, Oldham climbed out of the relegation zone with a 2-1 win at Stevenage.

James Dunne gave Stevenage a ninth-minute lead but the Latics hit back through Dean Furman (46) and a James Tarkowski header (60).

Chelsea 0 Corinthians 1 – Club World Cup final match report

Chelsea 0 Corinthians 1: Yoko oh no! Blues' dream of conquering the world in tatters after losing to the boys from Brazil

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UPDATED:

14:34 GMT, 16 December 2012

Chelsea’s bid to conquer the world
failed at the final hurdle in Yokohama and Corinthians became the first South
American world champions for six years.

Paulo Guerrero scored the only goal
of the game with a header in the 69th minute and the European champions
finished the game with 10 men after Gary Cahill was sent off for a kick
on Emerson.

Fernando Torres had a header ruled
out for offside in stoppage time and the Brazilians celebrated in style
in front of the thousands of fans who travelled to support them in
Japan.

That's the one: Paolo Guerrero heads the ball into the net to score the winner

That's the one: Paolo Guerrero heads the ball into the net to score the winner

Magic moment: Guerrero (right) celebrates after his decisive intervention

Magic moment: Guerrero (right) celebrates after his decisive intervention

Match facts

Corinthians: Cassio, Alessandro, Chicao, Paulo Andre, Fabio Santos, Ralf, Paulinho, Emerson (Wallace 90), Danilo, Jorge Henrique, Guerrero (Martinez 86).

Subs Not Used: Julio Cesar, Douglas, Anderson Polga, Willian Arao, Edenilson, Fernandes, Guilherme Andrade, Felipe Monteiro, Giovanni, Romarinho.

Booked: Jorge Henrique.

Goals: Guerrero 69.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic (Azpilicueta 83), Cahill, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Moses (Oscar 72), Mata, Hazard (Marin 87), Torres.

Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge, Terry, Bertrand, Piazon, Saville, Hilario.

Sent Off: Cahill (90).

Booked: Luiz.

Att: 70,000

Ref: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey).

Chelsea’s South Americans took the defeat hard. Ramires and David Luiz were in tears and had to be consoled by interim manager Rafa Benitez at the final whistle.

For the Blues, this is a fourth possible trophy which has already escaped them this season, after the FA Community Shield, the UEFA Super Cup and the Champions League.

For Benitez it was a second defeat in his third Club World Cup final but few can begrudge Corinthians their title or their extravagant celebrations.

They performed with power and passion, their support was incredible and goalkeeper Cassio made a series of important saves, starting in the 38th minute, when Frank Lampard’s vision and long-range passing ability unlocked the Brazilian defence.

Lampard’s long, early pass was well taken by the Spaniard. His shot was tame and easily smothered by Corinthians goalkeeper but the flash gave the Londoners some momentum.

Within a minute, Juan Mata and Eden
Hazard launched another quick break out of defence. Hazard, who has
shown signs of being revived under Benitez, jinked inside from the right
and released Victor Moses on the opposite wing.

Glory days: Corinthians celebrate with their trophy while David Luiz looks on in misery (below)

Glory days: Corinthians celebrate with their trophy while David Luiz looks on in misery (below)

Watching on: Luiz

Removed: Gary Cahill was sent off late on as Chelsea fought for an equaliser

Removed: Gary Cahill was sent off late on as Chelsea fought for an equaliser

Frustrated: Chelsea struggled to break through against the Brazilians

Frustrated: Chelsea struggled to break through against the Brazilians

Cassio talking to Torres

Moses turned onto his right foot and
aimed the ball towards the far corner. It was perfectly placed, curling
just inside the post, but it was at a comfortable height for the
‘keeper.

Cassio made an acrobatic leap to his
left and turned the effort wide with his fingertips. He smothered a low
drive from Mata as Chelsea ended the first half on top.

For the first half-hour, it had been
an absorbing and even contest. Both teams were committed and compact and
defended solidly. Corinthians shaded the best of the early chances.

Petr Cech barely had a save to make
although Luiz, back in his more familiar central defensive role after
his brief midfield cameo against Monterrey, was impressive.

Emerson seized on a slip by Gary
Cahill but shot wildly over the bar from the edge of the box. Cahill
produced a good block to thwart Paolo Guerrero and the rebound spun
across goal to Emerson but he hit the outside of the post as he tried to
squeeze the ball in from a narrow angle.

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Tempers: David Luiz argues with the Corinthians coach

Tricky: Victor Moses tries to pile his way through on goal

Tricky: Victor Moses tries to pile his way through on goal

Nearly: Guerrero reacts after missing a chance against Chelsea

Nearly: Guerrero reacts after missing a chance against Chelsea

The first chance of the second-half
for Corinthians fell to Paulinho after composed hold-up play from
Guerrero, who accepted a pass on his chest and eased the ball to
Paulinho who connected well on the half-volley.

It zipped across the surface, about a
yard wide of Cech’s left-hand post. Soon afterwards, the European
champions were behind and it was Paulinho who did much of the damage,
with a powerful crossfield run which dragged the Chelsea back-four out
of position.

No way in: Eden Hazard is denied when through on goal

No way in: Eden Hazard is denied when through on goal

Foiled: Rafael Benitez's dreams of being a double world champion are in tatters

Foiled: Rafael Benitez's dreams of being a double world champion are in tatters

Danilo’s shot was charged down by
Cahill but Cech had been lured from his line in the panic and the
rebound lurched up in the air with the Czech keeper out of position.

Guerrero’s predatory instincts kicked
in and the Peruvian international sprang high to nod into the opening
goal from close range. Cue bedlam in Yokohama’s Nissan Stadium.

In Munich, Thomas Muller scored with
seven minutes to play and thought he had won the game. He did not
bargain for Didier Drogba. In Yokohama, Chelsea had 21 minutes to
salvage something.

Stunned: Luiz, Ramires and Frank Lampard react to going behind

Stunned: Luiz, Ramires and Frank Lampard react to going behind

Raucous: Corinthians fans filled the stadium as they saw their side triumph over their European champions

Raucous: Corinthians fans filled the stadium as they saw their side triumph over their European champions

Benitez reacted instantly, sending on
Oscar for Moses. Chelsea summoned a late rally and Torres squandered a
glorious chance to take the game into extra-time five minutes from time.

Corinthians failed to clear a long
throw from sub Cesar Azpilicueta and the ball ricocheted to Torres,
eight yards out. He prodded it towards goal but he could not beat
Cassio.

To complete the misery for the Blues,
Cahill was dismissed in the closing seconds for kicking out at Emerson
after a tangle on half-way.

Torres had a goal ruled out for
offside in stoppage time and Mata hit the post with the final kick of
the game. Manchester United remained the only English club to rule the
world.

Pure delight: Corinthians players revel in their victory (and below)

Pure delight: Corinthians players revel in their victory (and below)

Corinthians celebrate

Corinthians celebrate

Wheely good: Keeper Cassio is given a giant key and the car below to celebrate his man of the match award

Wheely good: Keeper Cassio is given a giant key and the car below to celebrate his man of the match award

Cassio with his key and car

PS… Corinthians fans watching in their fans' club house in Brazil went WILD

Loving it: Corinthians fans went crazy

Party time: Corinthians fans go wild as they see their club crowned world champions

Incredible scenes: Corinthians fans delight in their triumph

Johan Djourou could be moving to Napoli in January

Djourou could be set for Napoli move in January after finding chances limited at Arsenal

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 15 December 2012

Arsenal's Johan Djourou could be on his way to Napoli in January, according to his agent.

The 25-year-old defender is surplus to requirements at the club and was close to moving away before the start of this season.

However, this failed to materialise and the Swiss has only made two appearances in the Capital One Cup so far this campaign.

Napoli bound Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been linked with the Italian side

Napoli bound Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been linked with the Italian side

Djourou, who has been linked with Roma in the past, has now reportedly set his sights on Napoli, who are riding high in third in Serie A.

His agent Flavio Ferraria said nothing had been decided yet, however.

'At the moment there has been no contact with Napoli and even with other Italian clubs,' he told calciomercato.it.

Flying high: Napoli, partly thanks to Edinson Cavani (right) and Paolo Cannavaro, are third in Serie A

Flying high: Napoli, partly thanks to Edinson Cavani (right) and Paolo Cannavaro, are third in Serie A

'No decision on his future has been taken yet, everything will be decided when we meet with Arsenal in the next few weeks.

'At the moment there has been no contact with any club.'

Al Ahly 0 Corinthians 1: Club World Cup in Japan

Al Ahly 0 Corinthians 1: Chelsea to meet South American champions in Club World Cup final if they beat Monterrey

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UPDATED:

15:25 GMT, 12 December 2012

Corinthians booked a Club World Cup final meeting with Chelsea or Monterrey by surviving a spirited Al Ahly fightback in Toyota today.

Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal shortly before the half-hour mark but the Copa Libertadores winners found themselves firmly under the cosh for most of the remaining hour of play.

Strong start: Paolo Guerrero netted on the half hour mark

Strong start: Paolo Guerrero netted on the half hour mark

Al Ahly goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy was guilty of wasting precious time for the Egyptian champions in the second half, delaying his own inevitable substitution due to injury and disrupting his team’s rhythm as Ramy Rabia, Mohamed Aboutrika and Walid Soliman attempted to force extra-time.

Rabia had showed his promise in the early stages, racing onto Soliman’s free-kick to head just wide of Cassio’s goal, but Corinthians soon seized the initiative.

High hopes: Guerrero rises to beat the Al Ahly goalkeeper

High hopes: Guerrero rises to beat the Al Ahly goalkeeper

Danilo and Fabio Santos both conspired
to miss from close range but Guerrero had the ball in the back of the
net in the 29th minute, the Peruvian heading home Douglas’ lofted cross
to get the 15,000 travelling Brazilian fans in the party mood.

Al Ahly tried to squeeze in an equaliser before the break but Fabio Santos broke up a fine passing move between Soliman and Ahmed Fathi.

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

Home support: Fans in Sao Paulo celebrate the win

The Egyptians made a positive start to a second period that they would dominate, Soliman slightly over-hitting a pass to Geddo at the far post.

Ekramy soon slumped to the ground in his own penalty area, with medics tending to a suspected leg injury for several minutes, but the Al Ahly keeper decided to continue.

Under the cosh: Corinthians spent much of the game defending their lead

Under the cosh: Corinthians spent much of the game defending their lead

Rabia powered his way into a central position to fire narrowly wide of Cassio’s goal following fine work from substitute Aboutrika, but the heavy pressure soon dissipated as Ekramy decided to call time on his own contribution after all.

The protracted distraction over, Al Ahly got back into their groove but could not carve out the equaliser their creative play deserved.

Job done: Corinthians have booked their place in the final

Job done: Corinthians have booked their place in the final

Fathi struck the side netting from Aboutrika’s defence-splitting pass, before the veteran striker saw his own firm effort deflected behind for a corner ahead of Soliman’s long-range drive, which dipped wide.

With four minutes remaining, Rabia roamed into the box one final time, finding the space to clip home a late leveller but instead firing over the bar to hand Corinthians a first final appearance since 2000.

Sex with Madonna would not be as good as beating Aston Villa, says Paolo Di Canio

In bed with Di Canio! Passionate Paolo says Swindon beating Villa would be better than sex with Madonna

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UPDATED:

09:58 GMT, 30 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio reckons a Swindon win over Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup would be better than having sex with Madonna.

Di Canio welcomes Villa to the County Ground on Tuesday night and the Robins boss cannot wait to get stuck in to Premier League opposition.

Like Material Girl singer Madonna, Villa produced their best work in the 1980s and Di Canio fancies his chances of an upset.

She shoots, she scores: Madonna or victory over Aston Villa - it's a tough choice

She shoots, she scores: Madonna or victory over Aston Villa – it's a tough choice

The Italian scored the winner for West Ham against Manchester United in the FA Cup in 2001 and is looking forward to being the underdog once more.

He said: 'When I scored against United it was very exciting to look around and see 9,000 people celebrating away from home.

'Sending Manchester United out was amazing. It was like having sex with Madonna and beating Villa as a manager would be just as good.

'Better than having sex with Madonna Let me try it and I will give you an honest answer.'

Di Canio has been basking in 'positive energy' ahead of the game.

The Robins head into the fourth-round tie on the back of a convincing 4-0 victory at Stevenage and Di Canio insists he is calmness personified.

'You can't wait to start when you have time to wait and I don't know why but I feel positive, I feel happy, I have a positive energy,' he said.

Up for the cup: Paolo Di Canio is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Up for the cup: Paolo Di Canio is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

'I was thinking more about it (at the weekend) but I am getting close to the match and I am more relaxed.

'If we can do something more it would be a dream but I don't feel the pressure. I think there would be more pressure if there were some details I could use to prepare my players better.

'What we have done already is fantastic and there will be a fantastic atmosphere at the County Ground.'

Di Canio's Wiltshire side are not short of confidence for the sold-out visit of Villa, who have only won one league match this season.

Swindon have already eliminated Championship sides Brighton and Burnley as well as Stoke at the Britannia Stadium – their best run in the League Cup since reaching the semi-finals 17 years ago.

Tester: Aston Villa head for Swindon on the back of a 1-1 draw with Norwich

Tester: Aston Villa head for Swindon on the back of a 1-1 draw with Norwich

And despite scoring three goals or more in every Capital One Cup tie so far this season Di Canio is well aware chances will be at a premium at a ground where Swindon have lost just twice since August 2011.

'Even if we have one chance to win the game, we will try to make the one chance a big chance,' Di Canio said.

'The first half hour is crucial, every first half-hour is crucial. This kind of game is really important tactically but if you stay one versus one and if you cut out silly mistakes in the middle of midfield, then the players can make a difference.

'It's easy to prepare for this game because the players have 200 per cent commitment to prove their quality. If you are not an intelligent manager you can fall in a trap because you can make mistakes because there is too much enthusiasm.'

The Robins will be without one of their star performers in the victory over Stevenage on Saturday after on-loan Tottenham playmaker John Bostock hobbled off with a groin injury.

The Italian's options could be boosted by a return to the squad for striker Andy Williams, who has not featured since October 6 because of a calf injury.

Paolo Di Canio to stay at Swindon after "positive" talks with new chairman

Di Canio vows to stay at Swindon after 'positive' talks with new chairman

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UPDATED:

13:08 GMT, 23 October 2012

Paolo Di Canio has confirmed he is staying at Swindon after showdown talks with new chairman Sir William Patey.

The Italian was considering his
position after Jeremy Wray – the man behind Di Canio's appointment – was
replaced by Patey on the orders of majority shareholder Andrew Black.

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Positive: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio

Di Canio insisted he would need 'reassurances' from the board that they were committed to his plans.

After meeting with Patey, Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire: 'The words that he said to me are more than positive.'

He continued: 'After we spent an hour together, even if I was angry from the game [against Scunthorpe], I was happy thinking about what he said to me about the future and about me.

'I can't wait. We have to think that from now we can work for the future.'

Swindon were placed under a Football League transfer embargo earlier this month after they exceeded the fixed wage and fee cap, which can only be 65% of a club's turnover.

However, Di Canio hit out at the board, suggesting they no longer supported his goal of securing back-to-back promotions, and Patey's appointment prompted concerns the former Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham and Charlton striker might follow Wray out of the County Ground.

Manager Paolo Di Canio of Swindon

He added: 'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.

'Some people can take the lines that I am only loyal to Jeremy; I am loyal to Jeremy but I am loyal to the project he proposed to me on the first day.

'The new chairman is committed and there is also the environment around me, which is the club and the fans.

'With Jeremy I can go out for dinner every day for the rest of my life and say thanks, but there is a job.

'I will keep going but I wanted to be sure. I said some words to make an alert, an alarm about what was going on.'

Paolo Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too

Di Canio: Doing this job is crazy, but it can be beautiful too

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 8 September 2012

Paolo Di Canio leapt out of the swivel chair in his Swindon Town manager’s office and paced the windowless room like a caged lion, searching for the right words to describe the difficulty dealing with today’s younger players.

‘It’s our fault,’ he said, gesticulating. ‘We give children of 10 a mobile phone. We give them technology and put them in a room, not communicating with them. When they grow up and something goes wrong, they are not strong enough, not tough enough.

‘I have noticed the changes in football, It used to be work, work, work. Now, for some players, the priority is the gold watch,’ added the Italian, tapping his wrist for emphasis.

At 44, Di Canio is a managerial tour de force like no other. He took up his first managerial post 16 months ago when Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray was left uninspired by the original list of applicants following the club’s relegation to League Two.

‘A high-wire act, but worthwhile,’ is Wray’s description of his relationship with his maverick manager. And no wonder. The former Lazio, AC Milan, Celtic and West Ham player — once banned for 11 games at Sheffield Wednesday for pushing referee Paul Alcock — has led a mini-revolution in Wiltshire, with his team dubbed the Barcelona of League One.

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

Bossing it: Paolo Di Canio talks passionately about the game he loves

They won promotion last season with 93 points, reached Wembley in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and have already defeated two Premier League clubs, including a 4-3 win at Stoke City in the Capital One Cup less than fortnight ago.

But controversy is never far away. Last Sunday, he substituted 21-year-old goalkeeper Wes Foderingham after 21 minutes of a League One game at Preston, then denounced him as ‘arrogant’ when the player kicked a water bottle on his way to the dressing room instead of sitting on the bench with his team-mates.

Di Canio is baffled at the personal criticism he received for what he considers a good managerial decision. He insists Foderingham was not substituted as punishment for a fourth-minute mistake that gave Preston a goal, but because the player had continued arguing with team-mates while the game, which Preston won 4-1, continued. Foderingham has since been restored to the side.

‘His head was blurry,’ said Di Canio. ‘That is why he came off. Otherwise we would have lost the game 8-0 and I would have been called a donkey manager of a donkey team. I am a foreigner trying to instil English discipline and rules. And the English people are saying “No, no, you mustn’t upset players”.

‘I read a tweet from Rio Ferdinand. He is my friend, but Rio was saying: “Oh no, Di Canio was too tough. I hope this goalkeeper doesn’t have a big problem mentally now.” I want to say to you, my friend Rio, I know in the last two years I’ve seen you more on Twitter than on the pitch.’

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

The gafffer: Paolo Di Canio looks out over Swindon's County Ground

Di Canio admits he is ‘obsessed’ with the job as he chases a second successive promotion and develops players like midfielder Matt Ritchie, once loaned out by Portsmouth to Dagenham & Redbridge and Notts County but now valued at 1million-plus.

‘I am not like many people who think it’s enough to do 90 minutes in training and then switch off,’ he said. ‘I’ll be in Waitrose shopping for pasta and tomatoes and my mind is thinking about the next day’s session. People think I can’t find the right food because I stand there staring, thinking about football.

‘It’s not been easy. I played in Serie A and the Premier League so I used to get frustrated in training with my players, less so now. I would explain an easy drill. “Understand guys” “Yes”. One second later they have forgotten, they don’t move. It drove me crazy but we joke about it now.

‘They aren’t bad professionals, the brain makes the difference. If something takes time, I have to put a frog in my throat and push it down. I know one day it will be different. I want to be the best so I have to go through this.

‘I look after the players like my brothers. It’s my natural way to speak out if someone makes a mistake. If it was my brother, I’d say “I want to punch your face because I know your potential”. The players know me after 16 months. I can start gentle but, at a certain point, they have to deal with the pressure. It’s kill or cure.’

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Getting his point across: Di Canio talks
to the fourth official during the 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient

Ideally, Di Canio would like to be a combination of Fabio Capello, who used to bellow at him on the touchline at AC Milan, where he played alongside superstars like Marco van Basten and Paolo Maldini, and Harry Redknapp at West Ham.

‘Harry isn’t a coach but he’s very intelligent, a clever fox,’ said Di Canio. ‘Some days, he’d let me rush out of the training ground because he knew I’d go crazy if he spoke to me.

‘He’d wait 24 hours until I was calm, wag his finger gently and say: “Paolo, you know I was unhappy yesterday”. He knew my commitment. He said I’d be the first player he’d want in his five-a-side team. You can argue if I was the best technically but, for my passion, I’d love a hundred Di Canio’s at Swindon.’

The root to Di Canio’s personality lies with his family. His parents, who have both died within the last 12 months, struggled financially to raise four sons in a tough part of Rome.

‘My dad (Ignazio) was a brickie, he’d leave the house at five in the morning to catch a bus to work. My mother was at home bringing up four boys and we all lived on 250 a month. At 17, I realised I had an ability for football and promised always, always to use it to give my best and help my family.

‘At Lazio, I was an idol in half of Rome but I still lived at home for 18 months, to give my parents all my money. I didn’t even keep enough to buy a car for the first year.

‘My dad gave me the best lesson in life. I was 25, a top player with Napoli and a husband and father. I was angry that Italy had not picked me for the 1994 World Cup and I answered my mother in a rude way at the table. In front of everyone, including my wife and daughter, my father got up and slapped me. Poom! I deserved it, I had been arrogant and stupid.’

There have been moments in Di Canio’s career that cannot be brushed over. As well as the push on Alcock, there were fascist salutes to Lazio fans, which Di Canio maintains was a cultural gesture rather than a political one.

He was also reported to the FA this year over an allegation that he had made a racial slur towards a former Swindon player. Di Canio has always strenuously denied the allegation and has not been charged. He believes he will be given a chance to manage at the top level and characteristically is setting his long-term goals high.

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

Strong characters: Harry Redknapp and Di Canio during their West Ham days

‘At 32, I didn’t think I would be a manager. But the game is like a drug. It is a mission for me,’ he said.

‘I am thinking two or three more years at Swindon, then go to the Premier League for 10 years. After that, the England national team for four years, take this nation to a World Cup final. And, when we have all become heroes, I will retire to Piedmont to look after my restaurants and my wine business full-time.’

Some chairmen would prefer to put needles in their eyes than have a colourful manager like Di Canio, who picked up his League Two manager of the year award last May with the line: ‘Winning is better than sex with Madonna’.

But Di Canio believes there will be at least one other owner with the vision of Wray, who can see immense managerial talent behind the emotional rollercoaster.

‘Mourinho has done strong things. He made a handcuff sign to the referee at Inter Milan,’ said Di Canio. ‘I am not saying my record is like Mourinho’s but why should I not have a chance if I continue to win I work every hour, study every opposition player to give my team the right details to win.

‘You can’t save your energy if you want to reach the top. I don’t know if I will get there but it is my dream. This job drives you crazy but it is beautiful.’

Paolo Di Canio reconciliation with Wes Foderingham

Di Canio offers reconciliation path to Foderingham after hauling keeper off after 20 minutes

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UPDATED:

15:14 GMT, 3 September 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has held clear-the-air talks with Wes Foderingham, less than 24 hours after publicly criticising the young goalkeeper.

Di Canio blamed Foderingham for Preston's opening goal during Sunday's 4-1 npower League One defeat, and after the 21-year-old reacted angrily to being substituted, Di Canio called him 'arrogant' and 'ignorant' and demanded that he openly apologise or be dropped.

This afternoon it appears Foderingham has said sorry to Di Canio, who is now looking ahead to Swindon's next fixture against local rivals Oxford in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round on Wednesday night.

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

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And the Italian confirmed via a
statement on the club's official website, swindontownfc.co.uk, that
Foderingham will be available for selection at the Kassam Stadium.

'Wes has apologised. The situation is
now clear and we will move on and work together,' said Di Canio. 'He is a
genuine guy and a strong character.

'The rules are there and he will pay
his price for his actions. He has been fantastic for us last and this
season, but he didn't behave well on Sunday.

'He will have his chance to be a part of the team and be available for selection against Oxford on Wednesday night.'

Foderingham was at fault for the first
Preston goal, hesitating over a clearance which then
rebounded off Stuart Beavon into the path of Akpo Sodje to score.

After 22 minutes, with Swindon losing 2-0, Di Canio replaced Foderingham with teenager Leigh Bedwell.

Foderingham, clearly angered at the
substitution, made his way straight down the touchline to the dressing
room, taking his frustration out on a water bottle en route, before
watching the second half of the game from the stands instead of the
bench.

Reconciliation: Di Canio has taken a step back

Reconciliation: Di Canio has taken a step back

Following the game, Di Canio launched into a stinging criticism of the goalkeeper.

He said: 'He was one of the worst
players I have ever seen. He's another player like the others, why can't
we change the goalkeeper Because the goalkeeper has a different
coloured shirt

'I know my players, I know Wes – he
was the worst player against Stoke in the cup in midweek – he was far
away the worst player, he made a rubbish performance. But I covered for
him because we won 4-3.

'What he did was not only the mistake,
which can happen to anyone, but the arrogance when he started moaning
to the other players – that was the worst thing for me.

'A player that doesn't recognise his
mistakes which were clear from miles away, he started moaning to his
team-mates. Out there he behaved as the worst professional, arrogant,
ignorant athlete I have ever seen.

'I don't want any argument from the
fans. And if he doesn't come out and apologise to the fans, to the
professionals in general, he is out from my team.'

Foderingham has kept 28 clean sheets in 47 appearances for Swindon, setting a club record of 12 consecutive home clean sheets.

Paolo Di Canio rants at keeper Wes Foderingham

He's the worst! Furious Di Canio hauls keeper Foderingham off after just 20 minutes

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UPDATED:

08:32 GMT, 3 September 2012

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio launched into an astonishing rant at keeper Wes Foderingham after hauling him off during his side's 4-1 defeat to Preston on Sunday.

The 21-year-old was substituted after just 21 minutes with his side 2-0 down and headed straight for the tunnel.

Di Canio's public humiliation of Foderingham comes just a week after he went more than 1,000 minutes without conceding a goal.

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Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

Rant: Paolo Di Canio hauled Wes Foderingham (right) off against Swindon

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When asked why he withdrew Foderingham so early, the Town boss said: 'Because he was one of the worst players I have ever seen in a football match. He is a player like the others.

'Why can’t we change the goalkeeper Is the goalkeeper is an element who plays on with another team because he has a different colour on his shirt I know my players, I know Wes – he was the crappy player even against Stoke.

'Today what he did, it’s not only the mistake that can happen to everyone. The arrogance later, when he started moaning to the others, that was the worst thing for me because it let me realise that a player doesn’t recognise his mistakes that was clear miles away, that was a rubbish mistake.

'I said to him “now calm because we have to keep going”, we give the ball straight away to them and then start again moaning to the others.

'Today he started behaving as the worst professional; arrogant, ignorant in some way – not as a person, as an athlete – I have ever seen.

'If he doesn’t come out and say sorry to the fans, for the professionalism in general, he is out from my team. I don’t want any argument from the fans ‘we play Oxford, we have a season’ – no.

'I don’t mind because this is my rules and [Leigh] Bedwell did very, very well. Maybe he behaved like this because the window’s closed. Another question mark.

'I’m ready to bring in a goalkeeper. I’m ready to ask my chairman if he doesn’t go out and say sorry to everybody because this has to come from the stomach and from the heart.

'If he doesn’t think he made a mistake in the way he behaved he has to think who he is Cech

'He was nothing until the day he joined me, not the club but me. He didn’t have one second as a professional, nobody wanted him because he’s 181cm. In English football everybody want 199 like the f***ing Preston goalkeeper.

'He should have his career cut and you know that is true, but just because we believed in him and there is no importance in that because he is very good – thanks to him because he did well last year – he forgot everything. He is arrogant, he’s still 20. He thinks he’s untouchable.'

Foderingham was at fault for Preston's opener after five mintues when he failed to cope with a challenge from Stuart Bevon, allowing Akop Sodje to open the scoring.

Nicky Wroe added a second before Foderingham was replaced by 18-year-old Bedwell.

Beavon made it 3-0 just before the break before Raffaele De Vita pulled a goal back in the 57th minute.

John Welsh’s 30-yard effort sealed Preston’s win.

Sao Paolo slam Inter Milan over Manchester United target Lucas Mauro

Sao Paulo slam Inter Milan over Manchester United target Lucas

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UPDATED:

10:24 GMT, 10 July 2012

Sao Paulo have launched an extraordinary attack on Inter Milan as the Italians go head-to-head with Manchester United for the signature of Brazil starlet Lucas Moura.

United have sent a delegation for talks and hope to conclude a 30million deal before the 19-year-old heads to London with Brazil's Olympic team.

Inter president Massimo Moratti has confirmed that he will 'keep hoping till the end' to sign Lucas and the playmaker's representatives have been sounded out about a 20m bid.

Man in the middle: Brazil and Sao Paolo ace Lucas Moura (left)

Man in the middle: Brazil and Sao Paolo ace Lucas Moura (left)

However, Sao Paulo director of football Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes has mocked the plan and questioned their motives.

'There is no (formal) offer and, even if it were to appear, this amount is ridiculous,' he said.

'How can you pay €25m (20m) for a player of Lucas's quality

'Italian football is broke – the club (Inter) are broke. It seems they are creating this to satisfy the fans.'

The player's father and agent met senior Inter figures last Friday and have indicated a move would be considered this summer, despite previous indications that he wanted to stay until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Nonetheless, Jesus Lopes insists: 'Lucas is happy here. Now he will go to the Olympics and he will continue to fulfil his contract, which runs until 2015.'

Meanwhile, Inter have made a 6.7m bid for Corinthians midfielder Paulinho.