Di Canio's future at Swindon

Paolo di Canio has released a statement saying he is considering his future as manager of Swindon Town. He says that he has been left out of decisions surrounding the club's takeover and the sale of star player Matt Ritchie

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Di Canio says he wants to live 'day by day'

Paolo Di Canio addressed the media this afternoon - still as the manager of Swindon Town. The League One side play Colchester tomorrow night but the Italian's future remains uncertain.

A few days ago Di Canio announced that he was considering his position at the club and then appeared to wave goodbye to supporters at the weekend. Today he said he just wants to focus on the next few days and dismissed any news of departure.

Watch his extended interview below.


Swindon Town's board respond to Di Canio's comments

Following Paolo Di Canio's comments that he is considering his future as Swindon Town manager, the club's board has released the following statement:

The Board expects to complete the sale of the Club next week and are confident that the new owners share the same ambitions as Paolo and his team. The decisions made over the course of the last few days have not been made lightly, and in the case of the decision to sell Matt Ritchie, have been done in conjunction with the new owners.

Whilst the Board understands Paolo's desire to gain promotion and is wholly supportive of this, the Board's considerations and responsibilities extend beyond the on field activities of the team. On some occasions it is faced with difficult choices and whilst we recognise the disappointment to all caused by the sale of Matt, the Board has not shirked its duty to face up to the harsh realities of its financial situation.

– Swindon Town statement

The full statement can be viewed on Swindon Town's Official website.

Swindon Town responds to dismay over Ritchie's departure

Matt Ritchie was League Two Player of the Year for 2012 Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

The Swindon Town board acknowledges that many fans are upset at Matt Ritchie being sold to AFC Bournemouth but says it was necessary to help keep the club afloat while its sale to a consortium goes through.

THE STFC Board says, "The alternative to not securing new owners and securing short term funding would have seen a significant restructure to the Club and the possibility of administration. As such, the club’s long term survival and wellbeing had to be the priority".

Swindon Town FC Statement

Swindon Town has released a statement announcing news that the club is to be sold.

The Board of Swindon Town FC are pleased to announce its majority shareholder Andrew Black has today exchanged contracts with a consortium to acquire the Club. Completion of the sale is dependent upon approval from the Football League, which we hope to obtain in the next few days.

Upon completion, most of the Club's existing debt will be written off, the threat of administration will be avoided and Paolo Di Canio and the squad will be able to concentrate on football and the challenge of making Swindon a Championship club next season.

This is an important day for the Club, with the current owners writing off most of their debts and the new consortium's funding, the Club has a strong financial base to continue the battle for Championship football.

– Sir William Patey, Chairman, Swindon Town FC


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