Di Canio admits off-field activity is impacting on his squad

Swindon Advertiser: Paolo Di Canio Paolo Di Canio

PAOLO Di Canio has admitted that the current uncertainty regarding Swindon Town’s future has distracted a handful of his players.

The Robins are up for sale, after majority shareholder Andrew Black confirmed he is no longer willing to bankroll the club, and the search for a new owner is on. Four parties are understood to be in advanced discussions with Town regarding a takeover, of whom two are foreign and two are domestic consortia.

A buyer could be confirmed as early as next week, but there have already been nine days of speculation and confusion – and Di Canio revealed that that has taken its toll on a couple of members of his squad.

“For me it’s not a distraction but I’m an adult person, it is more motivation. I always try to take positives because doing special things in this moment is even more amazing. Someone can think that not having a sure future can distract you and cannot give you security during the day. Not for me,” he said.

“Obviously I would like to have a very stable situation like last year but it can’t be possible at the moment.

“I have discovered by reading some interviews from my players that someone - we saw Chris Martin - said ‘I’m worried’ because he wants to stay, because he really feels positive in here. “For someone else it is a distraction because it gives them the opportunity to concentrate completely and maybe come to the training session in the morning free in the brain, ready and focused.

“It’s my job to help them to focus and let them understand that it’s the best way to have a chance to remain or even if that’s not the case to go somewhere else.

“It’s not easy; I can understand that it can be a distraction for someone but not for many because they have behaved completely professionally in the last two sessions even if we have spent much time indoors.

“For me and my staff there is no distraction.”

Meanwhile, Paul Benson was due to watch Cheltenham Town play Rochdale last night as he mulls over a loan move to Whaddon Road.

The League Two club are willing to pay the majority of his wages for the remainder of the campaign and Swindon are keen to see the 33-year-old make the switch to Whaddon Road.

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6:44am Sat 26 Jan 13

oncearedalwaysared says...

Well Paul (Benson), if you were at Cheltenham last night you now know that you're needed!!

There is no-one better at sniffing out goals at that level, as we discovered to our benefit last year, so why not give it a go?

There aren't many players who can boast two back-to-back promotion medals with different clubs, but Cheltenham are in with a great shout. With you leading the line I'm sure those chances will be increased.

You've been a great servant to Town in your short stay, but it would be wrong to see you warming the bench when your talents are needed elsewhere.

If and when you return to the County Ground (hopefully only in cup games, which will mean we've been promoted!!) you'll be assured of a very warm welcome.
Well Paul (Benson), if you were at Cheltenham last night you now know that you're needed!! There is no-one better at sniffing out goals at that level, as we discovered to our benefit last year, so why not give it a go? There aren't many players who can boast two back-to-back promotion medals with different clubs, but Cheltenham are in with a great shout. With you leading the line I'm sure those chances will be increased. You've been a great servant to Town in your short stay, but it would be wrong to see you warming the bench when your talents are needed elsewhere. If and when you return to the County Ground (hopefully only in cup games, which will mean we've been promoted!!) you'll be assured of a very warm welcome. oncearedalwaysared

7:37am Sat 26 Jan 13

mgstfc says...

I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get.
He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'.....
I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get. He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'..... mgstfc

8:59am Sat 26 Jan 13

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

mgstfc wrote:
I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get. He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'.....
So if Benson is on 5k a week with a 18 mounth contract..His wages in full will be at least 375k - tax...

HA HA And people say that he should move on..
WOULD YOU..?????
[quote][p][bold]mgstfc[/bold] wrote: I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get. He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'.....[/p][/quote]So if Benson is on 5k a week with a 18 mounth contract..His wages in full will be at least 375k - tax... HA HA And people say that he should move on.. WOULD YOU..????? DarrenSTFCRomain

8:59am Sat 26 Jan 13

the don69 says...

mgstfc wrote:
I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get.
He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'.....
Can't believe Marlon Pack is only on just over a grand a week?if he is his Agent is Cr@p!my advice to him is get Paul Benson's!LOL!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mgstfc[/bold] wrote: I spoke with the some one from Cheltenham Town who was at our game with Shrewsbury...chatted with him for about 15mins before kick off. He told me Benson was on 5k a week with us which is why they were struggling to do a deal - if that is to be believed, then at 33 I can understand why Benson is holding out for the best deal he can get. He also told me the highest earner at Cheltenham was on 1.2k per week. I am only stating what was discussed but the scout, who I have personally known for many years, is not one that whose views I would readily consider as 'overtly exaggerated'.....[/p][/quote]Can't believe Marlon Pack is only on just over a grand a week?if he is his Agent is Cr@p!my advice to him is get Paul Benson's!LOL!!!!!!!! !!!!!! the don69

1:33pm Sat 26 Jan 13

LeGod says...

If the news on the club is affecting a couple of players then it is important also to get the situation resolved as we need all players fired up and cant afford a lapses in performances as we need to really push on which is why i find it strange that this wasnt kept more in house than out in the public.
Still lets hope it gets resolved next week as keeps being mentioned.
If the news on the club is affecting a couple of players then it is important also to get the situation resolved as we need all players fired up and cant afford a lapses in performances as we need to really push on which is why i find it strange that this wasnt kept more in house than out in the public. Still lets hope it gets resolved next week as keeps being mentioned. LeGod

3:56am Sun 27 Jan 13

joey butler says...

It is only a matter of time before a player takes PDC and Town to a tribunal for constructive dismissal, which will be even more money wasted.

I don't think PDC has a clue about HR law or contracts, so watch this space, although I don't think it will be Benson that turns us over for seriously big money.
It is only a matter of time before a player takes PDC and Town to a tribunal for constructive dismissal, which will be even more money wasted. I don't think PDC has a clue about HR law or contracts, so watch this space, although I don't think it will be Benson that turns us over for seriously big money. joey butler

5:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

eastmidsred says...

I don't believe Benson is on £5k a week.If he is, then it tells you everything that is wrong with football and why the average working man struggles to afford to get to matches - especially if he's got kids. Madness!!
I don't believe Benson is on £5k a week.If he is, then it tells you everything that is wrong with football and why the average working man struggles to afford to get to matches - especially if he's got kids. Madness!! eastmidsred

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