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SWINDON TOWN: I'm a better boss - Paolo
THE events of the past fortnight have convinced Paolo Di Canio that he has progressed “20 steps forward” as a manager since arriving at Swindon Town last year.
Three losses in a row, including derby defeat at Oxford and the Robins’ first slip-up at home for more than a year against Leyton Orient, coupled with the intense glare of the national media following the reaction of Wes Foderingham to being substituted after 21 minutes at Preston, presented Di Canio with one of the trickiest and most uncomfortable weeks of his embryonic managerial career.
While he has been the subject of criticism from circles for the way he handled the Foderingham saga so openly in the press, the Italian believes away from the public eye he has shown increased maturity in his role as Swindon boss.
“The last week gave me the opportunity to think that I have improved as a manager 20 steps forward because I was more calm - I was angry in the way that it happened but I went through and analysed all the situations at home and selected exactly the points we should go through on Monday.
“We went through and the message was clear, not like I used to do at the beginning of last season. I said straight, as a man, this is the situation and to be honest I received a good answer from some older player who said ‘gaffer, that was the moment’.
“It was an important week for me. I recovered two or three players. I can see more players with more quality to give more options to me and their teammates.
“It was an important break because we start again now with Saturday-Tuesday, Saturday-Tuesday.
“It’s obvious last week was very tough because something went wrong but more importantly was the way it happened and the way we came out of this week that made me upset.
“I wasn’t upset in terms of the result but the way it came. It was a deep moment that made me think what’s going on.”
Di Canio stressed once again that however he chooses to manage his players - both in front of an audience and behind closed doors - his actions are designed to get the best out of his squad.
“Once again, when I’m tough I speak with fire and the people have to understand that managers are all different. Sometimes they do something because they know exactly what’s going on.
“Once again Paolo Di Canio works in the way he works because he knows exactly what dressing room he’s got, which is very good and with more knowledge and experience than last year.
“They have to be leaders on the field when they play but there is nothing wrong when I say the real leader is Paolo Di Canio.
“It’s nothing against my players. I have to handle and manage my group.
“We have very good players that if they follow the details, work hard in what they’re doing then they will be the best players in their positions and we will be the best team in the league.”
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