Butch's words of warning to QPR boss

Last updated at 11:40 03 January 2008

Ray Wilkins has warned Luigi De Canio he must learn to speak English fluently if he is to succeed as Queens Park Rangers manager.

More than two months after taking the job, De Canio still relies heavily on translator Ruben Reggiani.

Former QPR player and manager Wilkins learned Italian when he was playing for AC Milan in the Eighties and he knows De Canio cannot remain tongue-tied for much longer.

"As a coach in this country, you have to speak to the players and get your message across in English - as soon as possible," said Wilkins, who also played for Chelsea. "It is paramount that Luigi learns the language. When his English improves, he will succeed more."

Wilkins acted as an occasional translator when Claudio Ranieri was in charge of Chelsea but he admitted the situation was far from ideal.

"It is very hard to translate football chat," he said.

John Hollins, who played for both clubs, managed Chelsea and had a spell as QPR caretaker-boss, said: "It is vital Luigi learns English, even in terms of simple banter."