Flicking through December’s issue of GQ (as you do) what do I find but a seven page feature interview with my all time West Ham favourite Paolo Di Canio! It’s a pity it isn’t online anywhere, as it’s a fantastic read. Anyway, here are three choice quotes for your delight and delectation.
On the aftermath of the Paul Alcock incident
One second, Winterburn is barking at me like a dog. The next he is wetting his pants. All I did was look at him.
To A C Milan Manager, Fabio Capello
F*** yourself. Who are you to talk to me like this. He took a step back and fell over a kit bag.
On English football
England is the perfect place to play for a footballer. There is education and there is passion. I love English supporters and I love English people… What I love about England is that it is 90 minutes of battle…run, fight. English football is my favourite football.
Doping in English football is restricted to lager and baked beans with sausages. After which the players take to the field belching and farting.
On Francesco Totti
Totti had said that he wouldn;t sit at the same table and have dinner with me. I said that was no great loss, because if you tell Totti that there are tensions in the Middle East, he’ll think that a fight has broken our on the right side of midfield.
I was particularly stuck by his answer to a question of whether he would like to manage Lazio. Immediately he replied…
Or West Ham United.
Now that would be a roller coaster!