By Chris Wright
After conceding two goals in quick succession during the opening exchanges of their League One game against Preston (the first stemming from a botched clearance), an irate Paolo Di Canio took the express decision to substitute Swindon ‘keeper Wes Foderingham off after just 20 short minutes.
Di Canio ranted after the game:
“He was one of the worst players I have ever seen. He’s another player like the others, why can’t we change the goalkeeper? Because the goalkeeper has a different coloured shirt?
“I know Wes, he was the worst player against Stoke in the cup – he was far away the worst player, he made a rubbish performance. But I covered for him because we won 4-3.
“But what he did was not only the mistake, which can happen to anyone, but the arrogance when he started moaning to the other players – that was the worst thing for me.
“A player that doesn’t recognise his mistakes which were clear from miles away, he started moaning to his team-mates. Out there he behaved as the worst professional, arrogant, ignorant athlete I have ever seen.
“And if he doesn’t come out and apologise to the fans, to the professionals in general, he is out from my team.”
Man-management +1. Bless his little insane fascist heart.
P.S: For the record, Swindon went on to lose 4-1, with ‘worst professional ever’ Foderingham’s replacement, Leigh Bedwell, also conceding twice. Make of that what thou wilt.