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Evans fires Di Canio warning

By Crawley News  |  Posted: September 07, 2011

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STEVE Evans has warned rookie Swindon boss Paulo Di Canio to cut out the touchline histrionics if he wants to be a success in management.

The Reds chief is set to go up against the former West Ham and Celtic striker for the first time next Tuesday but does not want any of the controversies that have overshadowed the Italian's tempestuous start to his career in the dugout.

So far this campaign Di Canio has already been involved in a brawl with his own player Leon Clarke while there were more ugly scenes after his side's win at Rotherham.

And Evans is hoping that people will only be talking about the football after the two bosses square up at the Broadfield.

"I'm sure the Crawley fans will make him feel welcome on Tuesday in the same way home fans welcome me when my team play away," he said. "As long as we don't see the kind of scenes we saw on Sky over the last few weeks I'm looking forward to going up against him.

"But when you see a manager clashing with his own players then it suggests that something is wrong. Rotherham manager Andy Scott has come out and expressed his views about what has gone on publicly and it isn't the sort of thing you want to see."

Despite the fiery nature of the Italian, Evans thinks Di Canio is good for raising the profile of lower league football and can use his profile as a positive force in the game.

"I think having someone like him can be good for football as it certainly brings a lot more exposure to our league," said Evans. "My memories of Di Canio are watching him play as he was a fantastic footballer and wonderful to watch.

"Whether if I was a chairman I would want him as my manager though is a totally different question, although it's not really my place to say.

"All I know it's a massive week for us and the Di Canio Circus rolls into town next Tuesday."

Evans believes his side are entering a crucial period of games as the League Two table starts to settle down.

The Reds visit high-flying Morecambe on Saturday while they host Bradford City four days after the visit of Swindon.

Former Bantams winger Scott Neilson will be desperate to face his former club, and Evans revealed the wide-man was still very much part of his plans despite the player hardly being involved so far this campaign. "Scott hasn't been in the side recently but that doesn't mean we think he has suddenly become a bad player. The problem for him has been that the players who have come in have done very well. From the side I selected on Saturday who am I meant to call into my office and say they are being dropped for not playing very well?

"I couldn't leave anyone out after that so Scott needs to wait and try and take his chance when it comes. We had a chat and he knows that I will always pick the team on merit and based on performances."

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  • Horace_too  |  September 07 2011, 12:38PM

    I can't be the only one that sees a striking resemblance between that photo of Evans and Sloth from The Goonies?

  • CrawleyRed  |  September 07 2011, 12:16PM

    Dear Mr.Paolo Pot, Thou art a horrible shade of Black. Lots of love Steve the Kettle