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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

PUBLISHED:

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).

Sam Allardyce: If my name was Allardici I"d be a top four boss

If my name was Allardici I'd be a top four boss, jokes West Ham boss

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UPDATED:

00:09 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sam Allardyce has joked he will never manage a top four side because his surname is not ‘Allardici’.

The West Ham boss once famously claimed he would win the league every year if in charge of Real Madrid or Inter Milan but conceded he is now resigned to managing teams outside the Champions League level.

Manchester City are the visitors to Upton Park on Saturday and Allardyce would be forgiven for looking on enviously at the wealth available to opposite number Roberto Mancini.

Joker: Sam Allardyce was talking with his tongue in his cheek

Joker: Sam Allardyce was talking with his tongue in his cheek

But asked if he would fancy his chances if he took the Italian’s place Allardyce said: ‘I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce.’

He added quickly: ‘That was tongue in cheek.’

When pressed he replied: ‘I don’t ever comment on that anymore because other people will jump on the back of it and cause all sorts of columns going here, there and everywhere.

‘I understand what I can do, I understand my ability as a manager and I just do my job to the best of my ability wherever I work.’

Mancini’s position has been questioned after a less than thrilling start to the campaign but Allardyce believes Nigel Adkins and Brian McDermott are under more pressure.

But he does think City are finding life tougher after winning the title last year.

‘They say it’s even harder to win it the next time around,’ he said. ‘It was a huge, huge effort last year to actually win it but they’re the scalp now. They are the champions and everybody wants to knock ‘em off their perch, if you like. So it’s even harder again.’

Trickier: Allardyce said Roberto Mancini's job was harder than last year

Trickier: Allardyce said Roberto Mancini's job was harder than last year

Romelu Lukaku rages at Didier Drogba comparisons

Stop calling me the new Drogba! Lukaku rages at comparisons to former Blues striker

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UPDATED:

13:22 GMT, 5 September 2012

West Brom's on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is ready to shake off comparisons with former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba and make a name for himself at the Hawthorns.

The 19-year-old's style and physical presence at Stamford Bridge saw him draw comparisons with Drogba, who left for short-lived spell in China in June.

Lukaku also moved away from London in the summer, heading to West Brom for a chance of first-team football.

Don;t call me Drogba: On-loan West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku is fed-up with comparisons to his former Chelsea colleague

Don;t call me Drogba: On-loan West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku is fed-up with comparisons to his former Chelsea colleague

And Lukaku, who is hoping to shake off an ankle injury in time for Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday, now wants to step out of the shadows and end the comparisons with the Ivorian striker.

'Didier and I have a similar playing style but I don't think he would have wanted to be compared to someone when he was young,' Lukaku told West Brom's official website.

'Every player wants to be their own person, their own personality. I don't want to be the new anyone.

'At first it was ok – but I'm bored of it now. It isn't necessary and I don't like it now.

'I have my father's surname, I am Romelu Lukaku – I'm not anybody else. This is my own name and the name I want people to remember.'

Link: Lukaku wants to prove he is his own man after being labelled the next Didier Drogba

Link: Lukaku wants to prove he is his own man after being labelled the next Didier Drogba

Lukaku knows he still has areas to improve on in his game and hopes to continue his improvement at West Brom.

The Belgian admits spending time with experienced players like Frank Lampard and Drogba at Chelsea last season helped him to strengthen his game.

'I am of a young age – I have everything to learn,' Lukaku said.

'I am left-footed but it can get better. I can shoot with my right but I want it to be as good as my left foot.

'I want my heading to be like Peter Crouch's heading. I want to do the maximum I can to achieve what I can.

'At Chelsea, I used to stay behind every day with Lamps.

'We would work on finishing – with a competition as to who could finish the most chances. This was good fun but also important.

'Along with Drogba too sometimes, we would work on getting stronger in certain situations.'