Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Why Paulo DiCanio must not be the next Leeds United manager

By James Grayson (Twitter - @jamesAgrayson)
Nigel Adkins’ appointment as the new Reading manager has meant that the controversial figure Paulo DiCanio is now the bookies’ favourite to take over from Neil Warnock.
But, such a move by GFH Capital would trigger the eruption of a volcano that is already on the verge of erupting. DiCanio, an admitted fascist, being given the job would upset a number of supporters and may even cause a small boycott.
Leeds United is a Jewish club in its roots and heritage and the sight of DiCanio as manager at Elland Road would be a punch in the face to its history. The success Don Revie enjoyed in the 1960s and 70s was mainly funded by rich Jewish businessmen, such as Manny Cussins so the arrival of DiCanio would be seen as a betrayal of the past.
DiCanio’s political views are not welcome at Elland Road, but is he even qualified to take on the role of leading Leeds to Premier League? All DiCanio has on his CV is a promotion out of League Two with Swindon. He has no experience of managing a Championship club.
He is too much of a gamble in a number of ways. The recently-departed Swindon chief executive described his reign as like managing with a hand grenade. As Leeds fans, we want to see our team back in the top flight, we don’t want to be reading headlines about our manager every day of the week. Swindon were a struggling League Two club when DiCanio took charge. He re-ignited interest in their club, Swindon needed someone like him. Leeds does not.  
So the message to GFH Capital, appoint DiCanio if you wish. But you will pay a steep price.

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