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THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Let's retain some perspective
6:00am Tuesday 19th February 2013 in Sport
I’M sure the emotion of the situation is still very raw with most of you and therefore whatever I write is likely to inflame as much as it is to placate it.
However, off the back of last night’s news I think it’s important to retain my favourite buzz-word of the last few weeks. Perspective.
What we know is Paolo Di Canio has resigned his position as manager of Swindon Town because of what he calls the “broken promises” of the past few months. He is entitled to do that, and in terms of the status he has given this club in 21 whirlwind months it is a monumental loss to the town and the community.
The timing is odd. Knowing Di Canio I would have thought he would be the kind to go out in a blaze of glory, otherwise known as a scrappy 1-0 win at Tranmere on a cold Tuesday night, while he would have been aware that the sale of the club was close to completion - even if it had not been finalised by the time his 5pm deadline ticked by yesterday.
Those blaming the Football League for his departure and claiming their speed or lack thereof in the takeover process has caused Di Canio to abandon ship are encouraging complacency amongst the authorities.
Those blaming the incoming board for his departure are conveniently overlooking the fact that, when we went to print this morning, Jed McCrory & Co were not in control of the football club. Furthermore, it was only because the new owners held emergency meetings with Di Canio that he extended his self-inflicted stay of execution.
Those blaming the former board are choosing to forget how much Black put into the club from his own personal wealth - even if towards the end of his reign relationships began to become frostbitten.
Di Canio chose to leave because he wanted to, albeit reluctantly.
He was not forced out, despite the conspiracy theories that are flying around at such a remarkable pace.
It is of course a massive shame that one of the most successful managers in the club’s history has opted to take this path, and questions remain as to why exactly he has come to his conclusion, but surely reason needs to take control before our accusing finger is given such a rigorous workout.
Let’s hear every side and reach an educated verdict.