WHEN Paolo Di Canio spoke for the first time about his appointment as Swindon Town manager on Monday, he also revealed the two fellow Italians he will be bringing to assist him at the club.
Fabrizio Piccareta will join as the former West Ham striker's right-hand man while Claudio Donatelli arrives as the Robins' new fitness coach.
Piccareta boasts experience of working at the highest level in Italy having spent five years working with the youth team at Inter Milan.
The Italian giants have an impressive pedigree of bringing through top quality youngsters, with the likes of Manchester City's Mario Balotelli and Obafemi Martins, formerly of Newcastle and most
recently Birmingham, having come through the ranks at the club.
Piccareta left Inter in 2009 to take up the reins at AC Loanesi, a lower league side in Italy, before leaving in January this year.
Piccareta appears to have the same work ethic as Di Canio, stating in a recent interview that there are three key traits he values above all others in his players.
“First of all there is respect. By this term I mean not only education, but also the ability to understand and appreciate the work of the whole team and staff,” he said. “This is the key because a
group can achieve results of value if they work together.
“Secondly, I want my team to have an idea of the game. The inspiration of the individual is certainly important, but if it is not made for the team then our training is useless.
“Third and finally is commitment. We must work constantly to improve.”
Di Canio clearly values peak physical fitness highly and keen to ensure the players reach his high standards, he has brought in Donatelli.
After graduating with a degree as a physical trainer from the "Foro Italico" University of Rome in 1997, Donatelli has worked as fitness coach at a host of clubs.
The Italian spent seven years at Lazio before spells at Ternana and two-time Greek champions FC PAOK.
He was must recently employed by Reggina in Serie B before the call came from Di Canio.
The two will be the only additions to Town's backroom staff with those currently in place set to retain their roles.