Paolo Di Canio used karaoke machine to learn English

Sunderland news: Di Canio only grasped the English language after learning to sing Oasis songs

Hayden Atkins
Published 04/30/2013 09:03 by Hayden Atkins, read by 662 people.

Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio learned his English after practising on a karaoke machine during his time at Celtic, former team-mate Alan Stubbs has revealed. 

Di Canio, whose English has vastly improved during his spells in English management alone struggled greatly when he arrived in Scotland following his move from AC Milan in 1996. 

In an interview with The Sun, Stubbs uncannily revealed: "Paulo's spoken English wasn't great when he arrived at Celtic from AC Milan. It was broken and stilted and it used to frustrate him greatly. Then he came in one day and said he had solved the problem- he'd bought a karaoke machine."

"He decided if he couldn't speak English, he'd learn to sing it. Paulo loved his music, in particular Oasis and the Manic Street Preachers. He'd learn a song at home, then belt it out in the dressing room the next day, at the top of his voice," Stubbs added. 

Di Canio has been known for his wild antics both on and of the pitch, with his most recent escapade coming at local rivals Newcastle, where he celebrated wildly when Adam Johnson scored, sliding down the touchline on his knees. 

Other controversies include during Di Canio's time in management with Swindon Town, where he celebrated enthusiastically in front of travelling Aston Villa fans. Di Canio gestured that his home fans were "above" the away support following his team's defeat in the Capital Cup earlier this season. 

Unfortunately for Di Canio, however, the Villa fans had the last laugh after he saw his team succumb to a heavy 6-1 defeat at Villa Park last night. 

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