Millers aim to upstage Paolo

Welcome: Manager Andy Scott with new signings Alex Revell and Brett Williams
Welcome: Manager Andy Scott with new signings Alex Revell and Brett Williams
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rotherham United will travel to Swindon tomorrow at the top of League Two and with the division’s only unbeaten record.

But they will be under no illusion where the greater focus of attention will be when the live tv cameras roll.

Paolo di Canio

Paolo di Canio

Paolo di Canio, in his first stint in management, was always the attraction for Sky when they decided on this game to fill some space during a weekend free of Premier League and Championship matches.

His high-profile appointment at Swindon was something of a surprise - as much that he should surface in the bottom division - but Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray insisted Di Canio was an impressive candidate and also had “done his badges”.

Of course, no badge can prepare you for the sort of bust-up that hogged the limelight this week, Di Canio and another former Wednesday striker, Leon Clarke, having their very public spat which continued down the tunnel - eager camera lenses seeking out every second.

Millers boss Andy Scott was at that Carling Cup game on Tuesday as Swindon lost 3-1 to Southampton and saw it unfold.

“Let’s say there seemed several opportunities during the game when that was going to happen,” reckoned Scott.

“It was certainly entertaining with Paolo in both technical areas at times and on the pitch. But he’s a proud man, Italians are expressive and emotional and there’s pressure on him.

“But we’re not going to worry about all that unless he pulls a shirt on and plays. It will be interesting to see how he and they respond but it is important that we concentrate on what we do.

“They are a massive club, with a huge budget and squad with good ability. It’ll be a tough place to go with the live tv adding a bit more.”

Meanwhile, Di Canio revealed that he has since discovered that Clarke had asked to leave two days before Tuesday’s game.

“I did not know this before the game or he would not have played,” said Di Canio.

“Many times I left the pitch angry for one reason or another - a defeat or angry with my teammates. But in this situation the striker - whose name I will not say because he does not deserve to be mentioned - should not behave like he did.”

Not surprisingly, Clarke will not play tomorrow but at left back will be Callum Kennedy who had a spell on loan with the Millers late last season. Centre back Aden Flint played for Alfreton in a pre-season friendly last year when they beat Rotherham 2-0.

The Millers could start new striker Alex Revell with the other one, Brett Williams, in the squad.

“The club has massive ambitions which were outlined to me and I want to be part of this and have come here to help them get promotion, that’s has to be the main aim,” said Revell.

“I’ll work hard, run the channels and do the right things and then the goals will come.”