TOUR DIARY DAY 10: Donatelli just like a lightbulb

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AFTER several days of careful consideration, I’ve come to a conclusion – Claudio Donatelli is just like a lightbulb.

‘You what?’ the chorus cries. No, I haven’t lost my marbles entirely just yet, though the Lake Garda sunshine may be encouraging a few brain cells to embark on holidays of their own.

I don’t mean that Mr Donatelli, Swindon Town’s fitness coach, bears any resemblance to Thomas Edison’s grand electric design, in shape or character. Far from it.

Instead I mean that his work with the Robins’ players, although sometimes forgotten, neglected or taken for granted, makes others’ far less stressful.

Imagine, if you will, a seamstress working in a pitch black room. She is trying to weave blind, but keeps pricking herself and has to start again.

Eventually her end product is messy and unsightly.

In the room next to her a rival has the benefit of light at the flick of a switch. Which is more likely to become a success?

Thanks to Donatelli, Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio (and this is going to be the only time I will ever call him this) is like the second seamstress.

Every morning, Di Canio’s fitness coach runs his players through at least half an hour of detailed stretching exercises, working on core stability, body resistance and muscular strength.

Donatelli is meticulous, he talks the players through every single movement he wants them to make and he corrects individuals’ posture and position one by one – effectively these Town players could not be better prepared by the time they switch to the ball-work overseen by Di Canio.

Apart from being physically very fit himself, Donatelli is also tremendously dedicated to his work – he returned to Swindon’s training base at Hotel Veronello just 24 hours after the birth of his baby boy Pietro on Sunday.

Without him Di Canio would undoubtedly cope, the Town boss has enough experience in fitness drills from his time at the top level in England and Italy after all, but in Donatelli he has the perfect foil.

And with him on board, the future looks very bright for the Robins.

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7:04am Wed 11 Jul 12

red messenger says...

Nice report - but my English teacher would have slated it for overstretching the lightbulb/seamstress analogy!!!

Will be good to see the team in top physical condition though.
Nice report - but my English teacher would have slated it for overstretching the lightbulb/seamstress analogy!!! Will be good to see the team in top physical condition though. red messenger
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7:13am Wed 11 Jul 12

the wizard says...

Quality work going on behind the scenes, NOT like the Wilson/Shirty days of hamstring after hamstring all through the season. In comparison last season was almost blemish free, lets hope that continues.
Quality work going on behind the scenes, NOT like the Wilson/Shirty days of hamstring after hamstring all through the season. In comparison last season was almost blemish free, lets hope that continues. the wizard
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7:47am Wed 11 Jul 12

Wilesy says...

Big thumbs up from me on the tour diary reporting, good work Sam.
Big thumbs up from me on the tour diary reporting, good work Sam. Wilesy
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7:51am Wed 11 Jul 12

didntshedoswell says...

Does anyone else think this diary is reads too much like a diary?

My socks are still on Sam
Does anyone else think this diary is reads too much like a diary? My socks are still on Sam didntshedoswell
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8:07am Wed 11 Jul 12

newburymike says...

I think it is brilliant reporting, very insightful & we can all picture what is going on over there in Italy
I think it is brilliant reporting, very insightful & we can all picture what is going on over there in Italy newburymike
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8:40am Wed 11 Jul 12

ecklington says...

Excellent reporting Sam, enjoy reading your reports each day, feels like we're still in touch with the team.
Excellent reporting Sam, enjoy reading your reports each day, feels like we're still in touch with the team. ecklington
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9:24am Wed 11 Jul 12

mrclick says...

think Sam is doing very well interesting reports - with a bit of humour thrown in good job. He did stretch the seamstress/lightbulb analogy thinner than a hippo's knicker elastic.
think Sam is doing very well interesting reports - with a bit of humour thrown in good job. He did stretch the seamstress/lightbulb analogy thinner than a hippo's knicker elastic. mrclick
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9:25am Wed 11 Jul 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

Lay off the red wine Sam
Lay off the red wine Sam Even Angrier Monkey
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9:58am Wed 11 Jul 12

rockdog says...

Great report. Now it seems that STFC have a professional setup at last.
Great report. Now it seems that STFC have a professional setup at last. rockdog
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12:53pm Wed 11 Jul 12

the wizard says...

A question for Sam or The Adver.

As there is a lot of intrest in tonights game, is there going to be an update every few minutes on here to let us know what is happening. I'm sure many would appreciate it. With thanks.
A question for Sam or The Adver. As there is a lot of intrest in tonights game, is there going to be an update every few minutes on here to let us know what is happening. I'm sure many would appreciate it. With thanks. the wizard
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1:45pm Wed 11 Jul 12

**CT** says...

Not convinced about the analogy.............
....but in general I think the tour diary has been a great success and an interesting insight to what is going on in Italy. If we can get the twitter updates during the game to the quality of Mr Rose last year, I think were in for a good season of reports!
Not convinced about the analogy............. ....but in general I think the tour diary has been a great success and an interesting insight to what is going on in Italy. If we can get the twitter updates during the game to the quality of Mr Rose last year, I think were in for a good season of reports! **CT**
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1:59pm Wed 11 Jul 12

VinnyPericard says...

I hope lessons are learnt from last year however as if I remember rightly they were probably suffering from tiredness at the start of the season. That was probably just an excuse though. It is great to see a league one side put through their paces like a premier league outfit. All professionals should be desperate to be involved in this!
I hope lessons are learnt from last year however as if I remember rightly they were probably suffering from tiredness at the start of the season. That was probably just an excuse though. It is great to see a league one side put through their paces like a premier league outfit. All professionals should be desperate to be involved in this! VinnyPericard
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2:20pm Wed 11 Jul 12

the wizard says...

Tour diary today,

Reporter Sam Morshead's birthday today.

He hits the heady heights of 25 years while following the exploits of STFC and Paolo di Canio.

No doubt ably accompanied by Chris Wise and Chris Tanner, Sam may/might be tempted to buy a round of drinks this evening to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Lake Garda will maybe never be the same, LOL !
Tour diary today, Reporter Sam Morshead's birthday today. He hits the heady heights of 25 years while following the exploits of STFC and Paolo di Canio. No doubt ably accompanied by Chris Wise and Chris Tanner, Sam may/might be tempted to buy a round of drinks this evening to celebrate this momentous occasion. Lake Garda will maybe never be the same, LOL ! the wizard
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