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How will Di Canio’s bust up with Leon Clarke affect Swindon Town?



Following Tuesday nights defeat to high flying Championship side Southampton, Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio and the clubs recently signed striker Leon Clarke had a bust up on the pitch and again in the tunnel which was caught on camera and has been displayed many times on various news outlets.

Whilst many are asking if a more experienced manager would of handled the situation in a different way, many are defending Di Canio who was as hot headed as they cam during his own playing career which saw him banned for pushing a referee to the floor after being shown a red card.

The situation arose after Di Canio’s fitness coach had informed Clarke he had to come in the next morning for a run despite the striker playing the full 90 minutes, something that clearly enraged the striker.

Reports are now suggesting that Clarke who only joined Swindon in August will be farmed out on loan next week and then be shipped out permanently when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Clarke joined Swindon after being released by QPR in the Summer, Swindon wasted no time in snapping up the 26 year old front man concluding the deal on the same day he was released from Loftus Road.

Clarke has played in four games since his move and has yet to find the net for a side who have been very disappointing winning only their first League game before suffering 4 defeats leaving them lying in 21st place in League Two.

Despite Clarke being shipped out form Swindon who were pre season second favourites for the title and thus expected to gain promotion back to League One, it still remains to be seen how the club can recover from such a public spat and whether the players still have trust in there somewhat legendary but highly inexperienced manager.
Of course there have been many spats between managers and players before which have led to both forgive and forget moments and immediate sales of the players in question.

But reports of problems are always just that reports and never carried out in the public eye, Alex Ferguson has the famed hairdryer treatment but this has always been behind closed doors including him kicking a boot off David Beckham’s head.

If Di Canio displays the mental strength and character he had as a player in the dressing room he will win the players round and get Swindon climbing up the table in no time, however if he shows his hot head and his inexperience as a manager things could go severely down hill for Swindon Town and the managerial career of Paolo Di Canio.

What are your thoughts? Can Di Canio resolve this situation? Are the club right to be looking to offload Clarke? Who is at fault for this situation arising? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts.

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