Supporters of League Two football club Swindon Town have begun keenly studying the Fascist ideology after reports that Paolo Di Canio is in talks to become their new manager.
The former Lazio striker and self-proclaimed fascista is set to have talks with Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray as the recently relegated side plan a return to League One at the first attempt.
A number of candidates for the vacant position have been touted, but the prospect of the hot-headed Italian inhabiting the dugout at the County Ground next season has been greeted with excitement by some fans.
“We could take on Di Canio and give the team strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the club strong, or we could hire Jim Magilton. It’s a no-brainer!” said one enthusiastic season ticket holder.
“Let’s be honest, I think we’d all take a little authoritarian indoctrination in order to secure League One football.”
Di Canio heading to Swindon
Another fan told us, “I’ve read a bit about fascism, and I was particularly interested in the stuff about eugenics.”
“If Paolo can improve the genetic composition of the youth squad then that can only benefit us in the long term.”
Other fans of the club have expressed mixed emotions over the possible acquisition, with one telling us “Every time I think of a positive point about him joining us it always ends with ‘but he’s a fascist’.”
“It’s like if your son came home to tell you he’d joined the Ku Klux Klan – you’d hate it, but at the same time you have no choice but to still love him – it’s much the same with Paolo.”