SWINDON TOWN: Navarro praises Di Canio's detail

Alan Navarro returned to action on Tuesday after almost four months on the sidelines

Alan Navarro returned to action on Tuesday after almost four months on the sidelines

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

RETURNING midfielder Alan Navarro has hailed the dedication and attention to detail of manager Paolo Di Canio during a time of upheaval both for the Italian and Swindon Town.

The 31-year-old made his first appearance in a Town shirt for nearly four months during the 1-0 victory away at Colchester on Tuesday night, having injured his knee in the 2-2 draw with Coventry on October 13.

While Navarro has been battling to get back in Di Canio’s side, the Town boss has had to deal with seeing star man Matt Ritchie sold and moves to bring in three players foiled by the Football League, which has led him to consider his future at the County Ground.

Summer signing Navarro has been impressed with the way the former West Ham striker has dealt with it all, and maintained his focus on preparing the Town side as the race for promotion from League One hots up.

“The gaffer has gone about doing everything he’s been doing in exactly the right way, and at the end of the day he has a job to do to prepare us for the game,” he said.

“Despite everything that has been going on that’s exactly what he’s done, and we have been given our video clips in as much detail as usual and we have been given it all as normal.

“He’s a workaholic and that is exactly how he does things, and we weren’t expecting anything else.

“It’s our job to put his work and the way he is out on the field, and I think you can see on the pitch that his hard work and dedication is rubbing off on us.”

The former Tranmere and Brighton man was one of only 15 fit players who travelled to Essex due to illness and injury, but the midfielder insisted the size of the squad is nothing for fans to be concerned about.

“It was still 11 players going out on the pitch, so it doesn’t really matter how many we have travelling or how many are in the squad,” he said.

“The fans may see it and think it’s a bit funny and be concerned, but we are professionals and we get on with it.

“At the end of the day you can only make three subs anyway, so it doesn’t change that.

“The only thing is maybe you don’t have the different options available from the bench, but we have all done a professional job and come away with three points.

“It was a huge win for us because of what has happened and how bad the pitch was, and we take a lot of confidence from the win.”

Navarro is still short of match-fitness following his long lay-off, but was pleased to get out on the field at the Weston Homes Community Stadium having been an unused substitute in the previous five games.

“It has obviously been frustrating, and that’s the same for any player in any squad,” he said.

“I have had to be patient because the guys have all been playing really well in recent games, but time has come where the gaffer thinks it’s my turn for some game time and I am of course pleased about that.”

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7:35am Thu 7 Feb 13

super red says...

Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off.

Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!!

Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway. super red
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8:39am Thu 7 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

super red wrote:
Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off.

Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!!

Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
Agreed - another good option with an experienced head especially when we get down to the last 8-10 games - just enough time for him to get match fit again.
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Paolo's dedication has won round most of the 'Doubting and Knocking' brigade since the start of the season - sadly there will always be the few remaining - but his work ethic is simply incredible and nice to see so many players appreciating it.
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Who would you start as the midfield Saturday?....I'd still like to see Macka and Ferry together in the middle but maybe Hartlepool isn't the match given their more direct approach! :-)
[quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]Agreed - another good option with an experienced head especially when we get down to the last 8-10 games - just enough time for him to get match fit again. ... Paolo's dedication has won round most of the 'Doubting and Knocking' brigade since the start of the season - sadly there will always be the few remaining - but his work ethic is simply incredible and nice to see so many players appreciating it. ... Who would you start as the midfield Saturday?....I'd still like to see Macka and Ferry together in the middle but maybe Hartlepool isn't the match given their more direct approach! :-) SAPFanSTFC
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8:44am Thu 7 Feb 13

umpcah says...

super red wrote:
Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off.

Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!!

Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
The late Bert Head would disagree !
[quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]The late Bert Head would disagree ! umpcah
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8:49am Thu 7 Feb 13

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication.

I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)!

Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball....
Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication. I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)! Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball.... dreamofacleansheet2
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9:23am Thu 7 Feb 13

Stilloyal says...

super red wrote:
Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes.
That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted.
This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.
[quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it. Stilloyal
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10:16am Thu 7 Feb 13

super red says...

Stilloyal wrote:
super red wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.
Lol Bert is slightly before my time.

I've only had 25 years of anguish as a town fan. But as they say if your good enough age shouldn't matter.

However youngs lads coming thru generally seem a bit "weak" against some of the big lumps in leagues 1 and 2.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.[/p][/quote]Lol Bert is slightly before my time. I've only had 25 years of anguish as a town fan. But as they say if your good enough age shouldn't matter. However youngs lads coming thru generally seem a bit "weak" against some of the big lumps in leagues 1 and 2. super red
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10:23am Thu 7 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication.

I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)!

Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball....
Totally agree DreamO' would be nice to be known for playing football.
..
I'm hoping Ferry starts but equally I've a felling that Pool will hoof it over the top as they must know that trying to play through our midfield is a dangerous tactic.
..
Also hoping we have a few more back and well again!....looking forward to Saturday but Hartlepool always fill me with a streak of pessimism as they tend to be quite a negative team.
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication. I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)! Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball....[/p][/quote]Totally agree DreamO' would be nice to be known for playing football. .. I'm hoping Ferry starts but equally I've a felling that Pool will hoof it over the top as they must know that trying to play through our midfield is a dangerous tactic. .. Also hoping we have a few more back and well again!....looking forward to Saturday but Hartlepool always fill me with a streak of pessimism as they tend to be quite a negative team. SAPFanSTFC
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11:04am Thu 7 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

Stilloyal wrote:
super red wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.
Remember the Basket Ball boots and yellow gloves against QPR loyal? I think we thrashed them 5-1 on that day - when they were top of the league. Happy days behind the goal at the Town End.
All Our Yesterdays! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.[/p][/quote]Remember the Basket Ball boots and yellow gloves against QPR loyal? I think we thrashed them 5-1 on that day - when they were top of the league. Happy days behind the goal at the Town End. All Our Yesterdays! :-) Since 1950
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12:46pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Wilesy says...

SAPFanSTFC wrote:
dreamofacleansheet2 wrote: Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication. I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)! Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball....
Totally agree DreamO' would be nice to be known for playing football. .. I'm hoping Ferry starts but equally I've a felling that Pool will hoof it over the top as they must know that trying to play through our midfield is a dangerous tactic. .. Also hoping we have a few more back and well again!....looking forward to Saturday but Hartlepool always fill me with a streak of pessimism as they tend to be quite a negative team.
I would think Ferry will start, I'm sure Flint and Ward can deal with their hoof ball. Ferry in there for his energy and creativity, others can deal with the grunt work.
[quote][p][bold]SAPFanSTFC[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Super red/SAPF couldn't agree more. The main reason I love our manager is his work ethic, attention to detail and how much he expects from his players both on and off the pitch. Hard work and dedication. I've said many time on this thread that as and when he does leave I hope we use his template as our way for appointing our managers. Like the Swansea way is the "Martinez way" I hope all our future managers will have the same work ethic, drive and commitment. (unreasonable to expect the same passion)! Think Ferry will start at home on our superb "billiard table" pitch regardless of their style. Unsurprising he doesn't start when we are playing water polo or quagmire/swamp ball....[/p][/quote]Totally agree DreamO' would be nice to be known for playing football. .. I'm hoping Ferry starts but equally I've a felling that Pool will hoof it over the top as they must know that trying to play through our midfield is a dangerous tactic. .. Also hoping we have a few more back and well again!....looking forward to Saturday but Hartlepool always fill me with a streak of pessimism as they tend to be quite a negative team.[/p][/quote]I would think Ferry will start, I'm sure Flint and Ward can deal with their hoof ball. Ferry in there for his energy and creativity, others can deal with the grunt work. Wilesy
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8:42pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Stilloyal says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
super red wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.
We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.
Remember the Basket Ball boots and yellow gloves against QPR loyal? I think we thrashed them 5-1 on that day - when they were top of the league. Happy days behind the goal at the Town End. All Our Yesterdays! :-)
Indeed I do remember all that & what about the cup win over Di 1 Coventry that season on our frozen pitch 3=0 after a 3-3 draw at their place.

Super Red agree we don't get too many youngsters coming through these days . Charlie Henry & Paul Rideout stand out for me in recent times though, both 16 when they made their debuts and became regulars and favourites.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super red[/bold] wrote: Yes Navarro may not be everybody's cup of tea. However he's like an additional signing after a long lay off. Definitely a welcome back from me with the experience he has. You can't get promoted from league 1 with kids!! Well I wouldn't of thought so anyway.[/p][/quote]We did in 1963 with the great Bert Head's Babes. That season the first team were struggling and looking at possible relegation. Bert lost patience with his "stars" and fielded the youths for the rest of the season and hey we were promoted. This was in the days when you could kick lumps out of your opponants and get away with it.[/p][/quote]Remember the Basket Ball boots and yellow gloves against QPR loyal? I think we thrashed them 5-1 on that day - when they were top of the league. Happy days behind the goal at the Town End. All Our Yesterdays! :-)[/p][/quote]Indeed I do remember all that & what about the cup win over Di 1 Coventry that season on our frozen pitch 3=0 after a 3-3 draw at their place. Super Red agree we don't get too many youngsters coming through these days . Charlie Henry & Paul Rideout stand out for me in recent times though, both 16 when they made their debuts and became regulars and favourites. Stilloyal
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10:44pm Thu 7 Feb 13

STFCman&boy1973 says...

I'm starting to not like hearing about how good God is at his job, we the fans know, I just don't like any other fan, chairman, scout coming on here and seeing how good God really is...

Just my feelings...

Can't wait for tomorrow, good news I hope...

COYMRs
I'm starting to not like hearing about how good God is at his job, we the fans know, I just don't like any other fan, chairman, scout coming on here and seeing how good God really is... Just my feelings... Can't wait for tomorrow, good news I hope... COYMRs STFCman&boy1973
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