Swindon Town won't play Italian game - Piccareta

Paolo di Canio
Swindon is Paolo di Canio's first managerial appointment

Swindon Town assistant manager Fabrizio Piccareta says the side will not adopt an Italian style of defensive football under new boss Paolo di Canio.

Piccareta and former West Ham striker Di Canio arrived at the County Ground last month.

"We are not bringing Italian football here," he told BBC Wiltshire.

"We will bring Italian methodology in training and how we handle the team but our kind of football won't be boring for the fans, I am sure about that."

He added: "We would like to bring our philosophy of good football and we would like to give our team a strong identity so even the fans can tell what the players are going to do on the pitch."

Former Inter Milan youth team coach Piccareta worked with Di Canio back in their native Italy.

"We share the same philosophy in football," he said. "He's asked me to be join him in this very important part of his coaching career and I am very proud to join him."

Swindon is Di Canio's first managerial role, having spent time working as a pundit since retiring from the game in 2008.

Despite the pair's lack of experience together, Piccareta is confident that they can lift the side after their relegation to League Two at the end of this season.

"I know about the famous managers that have been here like Glenn Hoddle and Ossie Ardiles and I know that in the last few years the club was not in a good moment in its history," he said.

"But we are here and we are very proud to be here and we would like to restore the Robins' pride."