posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 08:12 AM
Alan Curbishley claims that recruiting Paolo di Canio, the Italian striker who has forged a wild-man reputation, does not faze him.
Charlton manager Curbishley instead believes it will bring out the best in him as a leader at The valley.
The controversial striker has sealed a one-year deal with the Addicks in the twilight of a colourful career which has included being banned for 11
matches after pushing over a referee while playing for Sheffield Wednesday.
Di Canio also had a number of run-ins with manager Glenn Roeder at West Ham, the relegated club who declined to renew his contract at the end of last
The former Wednesday, Celtic, AC Milan, Lazio, Napoli and Juventus star has been accused of unsettling dressing rooms and badly influencing team-mates
wherever he has played.
But Curbishley who, with 10 years of Charlton service, is the longest-running manager with a single club in the Barclaycard Premiership except Sir
Alex Ferguson, said: "I want Paolo's professionalism to rub off on other players here.