It's Paolo's way or the highway as manager outlaws 'anarchists' (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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SWINDON TOWN: It's Paolo's way or the highway as manager outlaws 'anarchists'
PAOLO Di Canio wants his Swindon Town players to show devotion to his regime as he looks to avoid his Robins side becoming an “anarchist team”.
Di Canio has developed a reputation as a hard task-master during his 16 months as manager at the County Ground , and he has proved in no uncertain terms that it is his way or the highway when it comes to training routines.
However, the Italian told the assembled press on Thursday that he feels some members of his squad still need to completely adapt to his methods and he is trying to rid them of old habits that they brought with them to SN1.
“I know that in different places there are different habits and I know it is not easy to cancel this in 40 days but it’s important to stop straight away the personal habits.
“Otherwise I signed 11 new players - if everyone came with this habit and wants to say his words, his opinion then it becomes an anarchist team.
“From Millwall, from Brighton, from Huddersfield - it’s true they all have similar habits but they can say ‘we used to warm up like this, we used to warm up like that, I used to warm up quickly in five or 10 minutes only, with Poyet we used to warm up for 25 minutes, but we used to use more of the ball, do what you want.’ “It’s not in a team that can follow. One manager sends the details and the regime and you have to follow with devotion because from now I don’t ask my players who wants to be professional.
“Who wants to stay has to follow me with devotion and believe in my job. I say that in a normal way because they are more mature now.
“Even one can cause a problem and you know what happened at the beginning of the season and I had to make a very tough decision.
“There is nothing incredibly wrong but we went straight to the point and clarified it and I really believe that we will change habits from now on.”
Swindon travel to Carlisle tomorrow bidding to end a three-match losing streak but they will have to do so without midfielder Alan Navarro who has a knee injury.
“Alan Navarro is out,” said Di Canio. “He has a little problem in a knee. It will take four or five days but it’s not a big, big deal.”
Giles Coke will also be missing as he recovers from a groin strain and Gary Roberts’ lower leg injury continues to keep the winger sidelined.
Troy Archibald-Henville could return to the matchday squad after shrugging off a knee complaint.