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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio is talking tactics
PAOLO Di Canio wants his Swindon Town team to add several more tactical strings to their bow when they take on the best League One has to offer next season.
The Robins boss said he had to ditch his blueprint for several different styles of football after just a few months in the County Ground hotseat.
However, with a new challenge to prepare for in English football’s third tier, Di Canio is aiming to reintroduce what he calls “plans A, B, C and D” when the new campaign begins in August.
“I want to change the way we play this year. I want to play many balls from the back, many balls from the middle,” he told the Advertiser. “I want to give my team more options to damage the opponents.
“I said before to them that I want to do the A, B, C very well, and we’re going to win the league.
“This year, after two months, I said ‘leave the C, leave the B, do a very well A’ because it was too much for some players.
“We did well but next year I want to do A, B, C and D, if we can, because in League One we can play more good football but also more organisation and physical presence.”
That physical presence has been a popular theme for Di Canio over the last six months, and acquiring players who can add weight to his side is one of the Italian’s top concerns over the summer - providing investment in the squad is assured by the club’s backers.
But the Italian is also after players who have the knowledge of what it takes to succeed at Town’s new level.
“For the characteristics we’ve got in our team, the physical presence is not very strong,” he said.
“You can see when you switch off a little bit and you don’t have the fire to play your football, you can see the games like Aldershot – they dominated most of the game physically.
“We need to improve our physical presence and also our experience.
“You try to win in League One and it is more tough so we need more experienced people at 27 or 28 that already have experience in League One.”