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SWINDON TOWN: MacDonald preferred to wait on signings
KEVIN MacDonald has stressed that he would not have been rushed into making loan signings upon taking charge of Swindon Town, even if he had the ability to do so.
The Robins manager is unable to flex his muscles in the transfer market with the club currently the subject of a Football League embargo while financial issues tied in with the recent takeover at Town are ironed out.
The Advertiser understands the restrictions could be lifted as early as today and are certainly expected to have been removed from the start of next week, but MacDonald has revealed he was always likely to wait until after Tuesday night’s trip to Brentford before he starts adding to his squad.
The embargo has not prevented the 52-year-old from beginning his scouting for talent, however, and he has travelled across the country to watch several matches during his first full week in charge at the County Ground.
“We’ve been out looking at games, I’ve been to two or three games already this week. I wouldn’t say there are any targets as such but we’re actively looking,” he said.
“In one way the chance that we can’t bring players in for this weekend means we have an extra few days to look at one or two others. We’re not rushing into just getting players for the sake of it.
“We’re actively looking between all the scouts and myself and Mark.
When asked whether any new faces were likely before Wednesday, MacDonald said: “Probably not, unless it’s a Liverpool player or a Manchester United or Manchester City player. These lads have got the club in the position that they are, so they’re not too bad at the moment. I think we just need a few more bodies to make the numbers up because if we do get a few more injuries we will be light on numbers.
“You have to deal with what you got and at the moment we can’t get any players in and these players seem to come out of adversity and give their best.”
Meanwhile, former assistant boss Fabrizio Piccareta has revealed he and other members of Paolo Di Canio's coaching staff are owed overdue wages by the club.
Piccareta told BBC Sport: “We were told that on the last day of February we would have been paid but we have not heard anything.”