West Ham United legend Paulo Di Canio has urged Italy boss Antonio Conte, who is set to join Chelsea this summer, to not replicate his unsuccessful style of management, according to report from the Daily Mail.
Di Canio had a brilliant playing career in the English top flight with the Hammers, Sheffield Wednesday, and Charlton Athletic, making 222 appearances in the Premier League scoring 74 goals.
However, he was unable to replicate his success as a player into management during two years at Swindon Town and less than a season with Sunderland.
And ahead of Conte’s expected switch to the Blues from the Italy national team, Di Canio has given his former Juventus teammate some important advice before his reign in the Premier League.
“I say [to him] be careful, try to learn the English mentality straight away,” he said. “Try to learn [the language] and put next to you a good guy, an English guy, with good experience that can help you.
“You can come with your staff because you trust your members of staff but it’s important to have a member of the club who understands everything of English football.
“Not only in the way you deliver your methodology or your tactics, but also in the way you need to deliver the words at the end of the game, before the game, the message during the week. Don’t do it like Di Canio!”
Conte’s Azzurri side face an extremely difficult group in the European championships this summer, with World number one Belgium, Sweden, and the Republic of Ireland in the labelled ‘Group of Death’.