Swindon Town Name Paolo Di Canio as New Manager

County Ground side hand mangerial post to former Upton Park legend.

Paolo di Canio is to be named as the new manager of Swindon Town, BBC Wiltshire reports.

The controversial former West Ham striker has agreed terms with the club and his appointment is expected to be confirmed later on Friday.

Di Canio, 42, was one of eight candidates interviewed for the position by Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray.

It would be the Italian’s first coaching job in England since he retired from playing in 2008.

Di Canio scored 48 goals in 118 appearances for West Ham after joining the London club for £1.7m from Sheffield Wednesday in 1999. He began his career at Lazio, and also played for Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan, Celtic and Charlton. (BBC Sport)

Many had predicted that Paolo Di Canio may actually be an outside bet for the vacant West Ham post but clearly that move could have been quite a stretch for someone with no managerial experience, whereas a move to Swindon Town may be a good opening foray into management.

The Wiltshire club finished bottom of League One this season after reaching the play-offs the previous term, and Di Canio will have to hit the ground running and look to improve Robins squad ahead of the new campaign.

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