Paulo Di Canio’s appointment as fire sale manager of Sunderland Football Club has thrown the liberal-left media into a complete hissy-fit. How could the national game tolerate a self-confessed fascist in such a high-profile position?
Setting aside the rights and wrongs of Di Canio’s political opinions – and there are more wrongs than rights in my view – I struggle to see why that should affect how he does his job as a football coach.
After all, most of the great football managers have been pretty totalitarian when it comes to the training pitch.
But it’s the idea that Di Canio’s politics will directly influence his squad that I’m looking forward to and the prospect of ten players all playing down the right wing.
If only we could then set up a game with a communist led team with all their players on the left and we’d have all twenty outfield players hugging the same touchline.
Of course both teams would need to select a middle-of-the-road LibDem apiece to play in goal.