Di Canio overwhelmed by fans' 'special reception'

6:00am Monday 11th February 2013

By Sam Morshead

PAOLO Di Canio thanked the Swindon Town fans for their very personal show of support towards him during the Robins’ 1-1 draw with Hartlepool on Saturday, but the County Ground boss once again refused to comment further on his future after the match.

Supporters stood up to chant Di Canio’s name in unison for 60 seconds from the 10-minute mark and held aloft posters and banners urging the Italian to stick it out with Town, as he continues to consider his position at the club.

The Swindon manager noted the crowd’s message in his post-match press conference but could not offer fans any assurances that he will commit to remaining with the Robins just yet.

“It was special reception but obviously it is important for the squad and the club, not Paolo Di Canio. I want to thank them. Even if they didn’t come in here with the intention to sing my name, for me it is not important because I know they appreciate the job I have done,” he said.

“I always work for the cause, I am fully professional and until the (last) day I am here I will give my best. I will go angry like I am today because that result hurt me, but I am never going to forget them and everything that happened in five years’ time, two months’ time, one day’s time.

“I started in management here; that is something amazing. I achieved something important with them. I gave them satisfaction, they gave us big satisfaction. That is a special relationship.

“I want to say only that I don’t want to talk about my future. I stand by the statement that I sent out the day before the Crawley game. My position didn’t change yet. I stand by the statement. It is exactly the same situation as the day before the Crawley game.”

Di Canio is believed to have held positive talks with members of the consortium set to buy into the club when a takeover is ratified by the Football League.

Frontman Jed McCrory was at the Hartlepool game alongside another member of the five-strong group, Martin King, who has previous involvement with Luton Town. McCrory spent time in the Legends Lounge talking to fans pre-match.

The Advertiser understands the sale of the club may not go through until Wednesday or Thursday of this week, with McCrory and his partners set to meet the League in Preston to discuss the fine details of their financial model for the Robins going forward.

Each of the incoming directors is understood to have passed their respective fit and proper persons tests, while McCrory is believed to be awaiting special dispensation from the relevant authorities to hold positions at both Swindon and Banbury United until the end of the campaign.

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