Paulo Di Canio blasts Jose Mourinho in leaked WhatsApp audio message

Paulo Di Canio has called Jose Mourinho ‘the worst of the worst’ in a leaked audio message about the new Roma manager.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month but earlier this week, Roma unveiled the Portuguese as their new head coach who will replace Paulo Fonseca this summer.

But in a message to a friend on WhatsApp, Di Canio heavily criticised Mourinho, claiming that the 58-year-old is ‘finished’ and ‘plays anti-football’.

‘You’ve got the worst of the worst,’ Di Canio told his friend in the recording.

‘I understand you needed a big name at this moment, but it’s like when you sign a player who is finished. Mourinho just wanted a job with money, he’s had his third sacking in four years, kicked out from everywhere due to the incompatibility of his character and before that’s all he was good at, having character.

‘Now Tottenham gave him the boot for his results and incapacity to take the team to another level after two years with all the money they spent.

‘Considering the environment around Roma, he’s fine, you might be expecting who knows what, but I tell you he’s the worst of the worst. He’s finished in every conceivable way.

‘He doesn’t even play football, he plays anti-football. You might enjoy yourselves in a few press conferences, because controversy makes for good theatre, but let me tell you… to reconstruct a team, he’s the worst you could possibly get.

‘And I can say that because he was my favourite up until seven years ago, even more than Pep Guardiola.’

In an interview with Corriere dello Sport after the audio was released, Di Canio defended analysis of Mourinho.

‘Firstly, I don’t have to apologize to anyone,’ said the Italian.

‘I state that in private conversations I do as I please. Nobody can be indignant, not even the right-thinking people who are unleashed now, I guess what they say privately in their conversations. And I don’t accept teachings.

‘Secondly, that audio circulating everywhere is part of six or seven messages in which I say other very positive things about Mourinho and that do not contradict what you hear in the file.

‘There are vowels, I do not disclose them because they are private. The cowardice is that they only release that part.’

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