Swindon caretaker manager’s 100% record is safe – he’s quit too
As tension mounts over the professional future of one football manager, another has ended his tenure with the best possible record.
February 20th, 2013
With Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen going on record as saying manager Arsene Wenger should not lose his job following elimination from the FA Cup and a 3-1 reverse against Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie – only the third time in the history of the Emirates stadium that the Gunners have lost back-to-back home games – Swindon Town fans are celebrating the glorious record of caretaker manager Fabrizio Piccareta, who won what will be his only game in charge of the club last night.
Following the 3-1 win at Tranmere Rovers which put his side on top of League One with a vastly superior goal difference to second-placed Bournemouth, Piccareta ended his 100% record as a manager only one game after he began it, swearing loyalty to his predecessor Paolo di Canio, who resigned his post earlier that day by announcing his own resignation would happen today.
“This is our last game. This is a great way to say thanks to the supporters.
“We leave the team top of the league in League One but it’s the outcome of the fantastic job that Paolo Di Canio and the team and ourselves as technical staff have done in the last two years.
“We are here for Paolo Di Canio and we will follow him everywhere even if he coaches at Real Madrid or Luton Town because we are a team and we have shown these past two years that if you have a strong team and all the people involved are a strong team you can make a fantastic achievement.”
BBC Wiltshire has reported that senior members of the Swindon squad – namely newish signing Darren Ward and midfielder Tommy Miller – are to take charge for the next two games until a new manager is named.