‘He’s A Load Of Rubbish’ – Paulo Di Canio’s Verdict On Swindon’s Jonathan Tehoue Pulls No Punches

Alan Duffy

3rd, April 2012


By Alan Duffy

“Hey you….. you’re shit….. and your breath smells…”

If ever there was a man in English football who lived up to the description ‘a colourful character’, it’s Paulo Di Canio (yes, and Mario Balotelli, as well). The Swindon boss certainly wears his heart on his sleeve and is a true believer in the ‘honesty is the best policy’ theory. However, for poor old Leyton Orient striker Jonathan Tehoue, currently on loan at the Robins, the truth will certainly hurt.

Speaking to BBC Wiltshire, Di Canio explained that Tehoue was no longer in his plans. However, rather than sugar-coat his decision to overlook the French striker, Di Canio instead channelled Jim Carrey’s character in Liar Liar and simply had to tell the truth. He said:

“It’s a technical decision. He’s not as good as I thought he was. It is nearly impossible he will see the football pitch at Swindon.”

“My main players give me 110 per cent because they’ve suffered with me all season. I have much better players than him in the way I want them to play and behave.”

Ouch. I guess Tehoue can go one of two ways – take Di Canio’s analysis to heart and crumble, or vow to prove the Italian wrong and go on to bigger and better things. Who said being a footballer was easy?

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  1. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    One thread about cliches and another with:

    “lived up to”
    “colourful character”
    “honesty is the best policy”
    “wears his heart on his sleeve”
    “truth will hurt”
    “no longer in his plans”
    “go one of two ways”
    “take to heart”
    “go on to bigger and better things”

    … Just saying

  2. MGJ says:

    Long live the man’s honesty!

  3. Jarren says:

    I player manage Swindon in FIFA 12 and I’m currently sitting 1st in League 1, having won League 2 last year as well as the League Cup & Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. I got Swindon to the FA Cup semi final but Man City beat me in extra time.

    Just beat Braga 3-0 away and stuffed AZ 6-0 at County Ground in the Euro League (Europa League I presume).

    Does this qualify me to manage Swindon if Paulo falls short?

  4. Al says:

    @ Jarren – yes it does, it 100% does, serious record there, although try not sending letters begging for the job like that Korean kid did to some other lower league team

  5. Redskywalker says:

    @Professor Erno Breastpinchd I was JUST about to write the same thing!!

  6. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    @Jarren you should see how i did with them on FM

    and god I love Di Canio but I’m worried if west ham go up they’ll sack allardyce and hire him

    then we’d probably get paul hart again…fuck

  7. Archbishop Betty Snagcock says:

    and @professor: lol!

  8. Del says:

    @Al that Korean kid was funny! I actually emailed the club telling them to hire him! XD

  9. Elliot says:

    I am a Leyton Orient fan so this could be said as slightly biased, especially as Tehoue scored a cracker against Arsenal in the 90th minute of the FA Cup last season, and I am not denying that he may not be good enough but there are some things that need to be kept in private. If he told Tehoue, man to man, that he may struggle to see game time then fair enough but I believe that this is the sort of thing that the media don’t need to know. Tehoue is out of contract at the end of this season, and this could impact him getting a new club. I believe it is disgraceful by Di Canio for him to tell the media and he needs to learn to keep things inside the dressing room.

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