Paolo di Canio has admitted his surprise at the level of professionalism shown by some of his Swindon players.
Di Canio took over at the Robins in May and, after a difficult start to the season, the former West Ham striker has led the Wiltshire outfit to sixth place in npower League Two.
He said: "They are all good guys, all good professionals but some of them are even better than myself."
Di Canio added: "I know it sounds arrogant but not as a footballer, as a professional. As a footballer you can judge me, as a professional I can judge myself.
"Here there are better professionals than me and I could not expect this at League Two level. I have some idea - in the Premier League I played many years there were some great professionals, showing ambition, desire, commitment, togetherness so I have to say that many of them surprised me in some way.
"I was sure from the first day that they would be good professionals, but not in this way. For this credit goes to the players and obviously they have to keep going otherwise we can't have success in the future."