Where is Paolo Di Canio now?
West Ham legend Paolo Di Canio, the flamboyant yet controversial striker retired from the game in 2008 after a spell playing in Italy’s second division for Cisco Roma.
During a 23-year playing career which had as many ups as it had downs, Di Canio won the UEFA Cup with Juventus and the Serie A title, UEFA Super Cup and a UEFA Champions League runners up medal with AC Milan.
Surprisingly, he never won any international caps for the Italy national side but he did represent the under 21’s on nine occasions.
Since retiring from playing, Di Canio has attained his UEFA Pro License for coaching admitting in an interview that his dream would be to manage former club West Ham United.
In May 2011, he had his first taste of management when he was appointed manager of recently relegated League Two side Swindon Town.
Di Canio had a fantastic first season with the Robins, winning promotion back to League One as champions as well as reaching the final of the Football League Trophy which they unfortunately lost.
He also enjoyed a successful second season on the pitch and led his side to two points off of an automatic promotion place in League One before resiging after financial problems with the club meant that they had to sell one of their best players behind his back.
Di Canio wasn’t out of football for long and two months after leaving Swindon Town he was appointed manager of Premier League side Sunderland in March 2013.
After a turbulent 13 games in charge he was sacked after a string of poor results despite keeping the Black Cats from relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season.
He then returned to Italy where he was signed up as a pundit for Sky Italia’s coverage of the Premier League.
In September 2016 Di Canio was suspended from his punditry role after displaying a tattoo honouring the fascist dictator Benito Mussoliniduring a live broadcast.
He was wearing a short sleeved t-shirt which clearly showed the word ‘DUX’ (Mussolini’s nickname) resulting in many complaints from viewers and threats to cancel their subscriptions.
Di Canio returned to the channel in January and resumed his role as a Premier League pundit.
Paolo Di Canio: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Charlton Athletic, Sheffield Wednesday, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com