Bella Ciao: Paulo Di Canio Resigns As Swindon Town Fc Manager

Self confessed fascist and Mussolini admirer, Paulo di Canio has been desperate to leave the County Ground for a while, and has finally manufactured a pretext to resign though a contrived row with the board. Perhaps he became uncomfortable when he learned that three Town players died fighting fascism, or that during World war Two, the County ground was converted into a prison camp for holding Italian fascists. Anyway, enjoy …

23 comments on “Bella Ciao: Paulo Di Canio Resigns As Swindon Town Fc Manager

  1. Jara Handala on said:

    Thanx for the vid, Andy, the crowd was so exuberant, jubilant!

    By the way, when you say Italian fascists were held in the ground were they British citizens assessed as unreliable, or Italian nationals who were UK residents & assessed as unreliable, or Italian POWs?

    A good friend of mine, whose father was murdered in effect by the Nazis in 1933 for being a prominent SPD member, was interned on the Isle of Man for at least a year, 1939-40, a man who had fled German fascism. He was in good company – as well as in the company of German fascists.

  2. Jara Handala: ian POWs?

    yes – and lots of them stayed in Swindon. Interestingly, when Italian nationals in other countries were relatively recently allowed to vote in Italian general elections , the vote for Alessandra Mussolini’s party was IIRC ten times higher in Britain than in Italy.

  3. Stephen Hero on said:

    Andy Newman:Interestingly, when Italian nationals in other countries were relatively recently allowed to vote in Italian general elections , the vote for Alessandra Mussolini’s party was IIRC ten times higher in Britain than in Italy.

    Interesting. Have you got a reference for that, Andy?

  4. Stephen Hero: Interesting. Have you got a reference for that, Andy?

    No, I had an Italian friend living here in Swindon at the time, who roped me in to leafleting the Italian shop, and the RC churches with flyers for Rifondazione Comunista, and she had the polling break down for votes cast in the UK.

  5. A bit different for Brian May- a nice change from playing Sun City or doing a tribute to her Maj on top of Buck House :)

  6. As they’ve already been invoked, gonna randomly plug Modena City Ramblers’ song I Cento Passi, about the murdered anti-Mafia activist Giuseppe Impastato. The film of the same name is also great.

    But yeah, vaffanculo Di Canio.

  7. Jellytot on said:

    @2Interestingly, when Italian nationals in other countries were relatively recently allowed to vote in Italian general elections , the vote for Alessandra Mussolini’s party was IIRC ten times higher in Britain than in Italy.

    I’d wager that it was some strange expat thing going on there.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if parties like UKIP and even the BNP would probably get a fairly high vote amoung UK expat retirees in places like Spain.

    @7Ciao Paulo. Chelsea prossimo?

    You just know that he’ll land up at West Ham some time down the road :-(

  8. Jellytot: I’d wager that it was some strange expat thing going on there.

    Generational as well, I am sure that among the elderly Italians in Swindon, former POWs left over from the war mainly, Mussolini was the only name they recognised.

  9. Being a Wednesday fan I have to admit total football adulation for Di Canio. It was downhill the moment he left! Saturday’s have never been the same.

    And he did a bloody good job at Swindon, we should recognise!

    If we didn’t have Dave Jones, who I like, I would be praying for Di Canio.

    I suspect he must have something lined up, that must be the reason he resigned. The man has no honour, and I thought fascists were big on that?

  10. Marko: And he did a bloody good job at Swindon, we should recognise!

    Arguable. He was using up his capital, He had a very bad man management style, including disgracefully disloyal comments about his own players to the press; and an inability to sustain relationships with the board over the long term.

    I think he maybe getting out because he knows he is running out of goodwill

  11. stephen marks:
    Manzil,

    Can we nominate him for Pope?

    The Anti-Fascist Catholic Church? I’d convert…

    (Is it still conversion when you don’t have any faith / you’re not baptised? Do you just… ‘vert’…?)

  12. Whilst true Swindon supporters were singing “Paolo Di Canio we want you to stay” all through a match I attended recently;

    All the rest of your suppositions are unadulterated bollocks as well. It was over his close relationship with previous owners Black and especially Ray which was at the core of the problem for Di Canio – a problem that had come to fruiition after their departure – nothing to do with your blubbering opportunist deceits ,Newman. In fact it looks like he may even sign a new contract if further funds are made available for him to bring in new players under possible new owners.

    Speak about that which you know , otherwise remain silent . Less you like looking the vacuous fool that you really are.

  13. prianikoff on said:

    Le Passanti
    by Fabrizio de Andre

    (Adapted from the poem “Les Passantes”, by Antoine Pol.
    First set to music by Georges Brassens in 1972 ).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LundIWwu_tQ

    First verse:-

    “Io dedico questa canzone
    ad ogni donna pensata come amore
    in un attimo di libertà
    a quella conosciuta appena
    non c’era tempo e valeva la pena
    di perderci un secolo in più.”

    “This song is for any woman
    Who’s been thought of with love, anytime
    In an instant of wand’ring thoughts:
    For her, whom you just saw one time
    You hadn’t time, yet you were longing
    To spend hundreds of years beside her.”

  14. I think he maybe getting out because he knows he is running out of goodwill

    Great player and was having success as a manager, but Di Canio has previous form for justifying his actions with dishonest explanations. After just 1 season at Celtic, he engineered a move to a higher salary in England, after claiming that the-then Celtic owner Fergus McCann had broken some (in reality, non-existent) financial promises to him.

    The truth was that he was just another money-grabbing mercenary with no loyalty to anyone but its hard to admit that publicly when you’ve spent the previous season kissing the jersey every time you score a goal.

  15. Camul,

    I long ago grew out of thinking the chants at a football match reflect the considered opinions of the thousands of individuals at the match.

    Swindon Town FC are bigger than any one manager, and di Canio cares for no one but himself.

  16. Andy Newman:
    Camul,

    I long ago grew out of thinking the chants at a football match reflect the considered opinions of the thousands of individuals at the match.

    Swindon Town FC are bigger than any one manager,and di Canio cares for no one but himself.

    That cliche ,Andy , has been said so many times concerning footballers and football clubs that it’s now part of the football handbook of banaities. In most instances that’s overlooked as money rules the game (Rooney anyone?). Swindon Town did very well under his tenure, but of course in his case having an obvious screw loose will – in all probability – alone stop him from realising the potential he obviously possesses as a manager. But no other reason apart from being a huge risk for any bigger club to take on.

    As for repeated chants and indeed banners pleading with a manager not to go, if you don’t think that an expression of respect and/or affection, then you know nothing of football from the terraces, – let alone mass psychology in general. That’s where the care lies, not with those who actually deliver the spectacle as in bygone times.

  17. Andy Newman on said:

    Camul,

    I dont doubt the sincerity of those wanting di Canopy to stay, nor do I dispute his time has been successful, and there is a genuine popular mood for him to stay.

    But I have also had enough conversations with enough people to know that even di Famous admirers think he has some weaknesses, and quite a few people have not appreciated his grand standing.

    You seem to imply that my opposition to di Canopy is opportunist, not at all. How can anyone dispute the strength of my opposition to fascism? Swindon deserves better than a man with Mussolini tattoos