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SWINDON TOWN: McCormack lifts lid on captaincy bust-up
ALAN McCormack has spoken openly about the incident which saw him stripped of the captain’s armband by Paolo Di Canio just two days before the Italian resigned as manager of Swindon Town.
As reported by the Advertiser, McCormack missed a training session on Saturday, February 16 in order to visit a walk-in centre in Swindon to get medical advice after he had been laid low by a virus.
The defender had been sent home from training the day before and notified former Robins assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta of his intentions to go to see a doctor on Saturday morning.
However, Di Canio did not take kindly to McCormack making the decision to seek a diagnosis away from the club and removed him of the captaincy. Simon Ferry led the team out at Tranmere last week.
Following Di Canio’s departure, joint player caretaker managers Darren Ward and Tommy Miller restored McCormack as skipper and, after the 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday, the Irishman revealed exactly what had gone on over a few manic days.
“I’ve got no problems speaking about it.
“I was ill on Friday, I got sent home halfway through the training session on Friday because I couldn’t continue to train,” he said.
“I woke up Saturday morning even worse. It felt like I was swallowing razor blades and shaking and it felt like the virus I had the week before at Colchester was coming back.
“I asked the physio to go and see the doctor, I tried to ring the club doctor and there was no answer so I went to the walk-in centre in Swindon at half eight in the morning.
“I thought I’d be in and out in an hour but unfortunately it was nearly two hours by the time I got seen to. I had no infection so there was no antibiotic, I came to the training ground and without saying too much the manager wasn’t very happy.
“He thought I was just trying to do things my own way because he hadn’t been in for a few days before it.
“He thought I’d just take a day off because I had a tickle in my throat and it escalated from that.
“I never really got to tell him my side of the story, it all came from Fabrizio who I texted that morning.
“It was unfortunate because being called unprofessional is the one word I don’t think I’ve ever been called in my career.
“I can only praise the lads for being around and sticking by me for the last few days and still believing in me to do the job.
“If they had come into me and said they’ve stick with Si I’d take it on the chin. I’ve got no problem with that.
“It’s something that happens to players in their careers.
“It’s not nice but you’ve got to be big enough and man enough to take things like that.
“I’d still get out and give my all in a Swindon shirt and give my all for the 10 other lads I’m playing with.”