Paolo Di Canio says Danny Wilson row is 'in the past'

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio has insisted he has no issues with his former boss Danny Wilson.

Wilson, a former Robins manager, brings his Sheffield United side to the County Ground on Tuesday.

Italian striker Di Canio played under Wilson at Sheffield Wednesday and openly criticised the former Barnsley boss in his 2000 autobiography, calling him "a frustrated nobody".

"Obviously he has changed. It has been 14 years," Di Canio told BBC Wiltshire.

"At the time I was sure I was right, in my opinion.

"It was words from a frustrated player who didn't have a good relationship with him.

"He was there young, he was worried, he didn't have a strong character to handle the situation and me.

"He was a shy manager with jealousy but at that time, not now."

A former Wednesday player, Wilson was appointed manager at Hillsborough in July 1998 - a year after the Owls had paid Celtic £3m for Di Canio.

The ex-Lazio and Juventus forward was Wilson's star attraction, and scored three goals in his opening six games of the 1998-99 Premier League season.

But Di Canio's time at Wednesday came to an unsavoury end when he famously pushed over referee Paul Alcock after being sent off during their clash with Arsenal.

He was handed an 11-match ban and it was to be Di Canio's final appearance for the club, as he completed his switch to West Ham in January 1999.

"I didn't have a chance to stay under him but the feeling was, as an experienced player at the time and having played under many managers, my thought at the time was that it was his personality," continued Di Canio.

"He was very young, with an experienced footballer, with a big pedigree, with a big personality - it was difficult for him to handle the situation.

"Now he is a completely different manager and a person too. Obviously he has changed. It has been 14 years.

"He became a mature manager, a mature guy, more experienced; but at the time that was what my feelings were."

Tuesday's game will the first time Wilson has returned to the County Ground, where he managed between December 2008 and March 2011, and he has yet to come up against Di Canio in a managerial capacity.

"I have met him twice at the beginning of the season at managers' meetings," said Di Canio. "I went to his table at a dinner to say my hello to him, we had a chat and everything was OK.

"For me it is finished. It was typical of me like when I had a problem with [Fabio] Capello. I had many problems as a player with managers.

"We met already and there was no problem. I will receive him and smile. Now it's different. I can't have regrets with the people.

"He didn't treat me in a good way but it's gone, it's in the past."