Di Canio offers Conte advice: Don’t do what I would

Rob Conlon
Paolo Di Canio: Manager was sacked by Sunderland in 2013

Paolo Di Canio has offered a word of advice to incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte: “Don’t do it like Di Canio!”

The Italy was a crowd favourite as a player in the Premier League, especially during a four-year spell at West Ham, but lasted only 13 matches as manager of Sunderland before being sacked.

Italy manager Conte is widely expected to takeover from Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge following this summer’s European Championships in France.

And Di Canio, who played alongside Conte for two years at Serie A giants Juventus, has spoken to his former teammate.

“I say [to him] be careful, try to learn the English mentality straight away,” he said.

“Try to learn [the language] and put next to you a good guy, an English guy, with good experience that can help you.

“You can come with your staff because you trust your members of staff but it’s important to have a member of the club who understands everything of English football.

“Not only in the way you deliver your methodology or your tactics, but also in the way you need to deliver the words at the end of the game, before the game, the message during the week. Don’t do it like Di Canio!”

The controversial 47-year-old returned to Upton Park on Sunday to take part in Mark Noble’s testimonial match, delighting the crowd with a solo goal.