Paolo Di Canio gives Antonio Conte advice ahead of potential Chelsea move

Italian had a poor spell in charge at Sunderland

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Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has given potential future Chelsea manager Antonio Conte advice on how to succeed in England - don't follow what he did.

The West Ham legend, who appeared and scored at Upton Park on Saturday in Mark Noble's testimonial, had two turbulent spells as a manager in England, first as Swindon Town boss then in charge of Sunderland.

In League One, Di Canio was named Manager of the Year after winning promotion from League Two, although a lack of finances hindered his squad in League One, before taking over at the Stadium of Light.

However, he lasted just 13 games in charge of Sunderland, winning only three matches.

Italy manager Conte is the odds-on favourite to take over at Chelsea in the summer after his contract the national team expires. 

The pair were team-mates at Juventus for two seasons in the early 1990s and Di Canio has offered Conte some advice on what he needs to do when he gets to Stamford Bridge.

"I say [to him] be careful, try to learn the English mentality straight away," Di Canio said. "Try to learn [the language] and put next to you a good guy, an English guy, with good experience that can help you.

"You can come with your staff because you trust your members of staff but it’s important to have a member of the club who understands everything of English football. 

"Not only in the way you deliver your methodology or your tactics, but also in the way you need to deliver the words at the end of the game, before the game, the message during the week. Don’t do it like Di Canio!"