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SWINDON TOWN: Wray targets swift passage to Championship
6:50am Monday 23rd July 2012 in Sport
SWINDON Town chairman Jeremy Wray feels the club needs to secure elevation to the second tier of English football before “the drawbridge is lifted” between the top end of the Football League and sides in League One and League Two.
Wray and his board of directors have given considerable financial backing to manager Paolo Di Canio this summer as the Town boss bids to become the first Swindon manager to lead the Robins in the Championship since Jimmy Quinn oversaw relegation to the third tier in 2000.
However, Wray has outlined the reasons behind the club’s decision to heavily invest in the squad – stating that the only way Swindon can become sustainable is to consolidate a place in the Championship.
And he went on to reveal his fears that the top two leagues in England may soon become an elite almost impossible to break into.
“I really think, from what I’m hearing, that that is what’s likely to happen in football in the not-too-distant future,” he said. “There will be more of a split and we will get Premier League One and Premier League Two.
“I think, from the Premier League’s point of view, there are huge revenues coming in there and that’s all well and good but three clubs get relegated every year. “They need to manage their finances. I think dropping to the Championship becomes more palatable if some of the finances are more evenly spread between Premiership and Championship. “Obviously more Championship clubs would welcome that but I get the impression that it’s not going to filter down into League One and League Two and that the barriers to entry to the Championship soon are going to become pretty substantial.
“You’re going to need a pretty vast budget to try to compete and get in there so I think this is the right time for us to really push and get in before the drawbridge is lifted on the two lower leagues.”
Meanwhile, Jonathan Smith has completed his move back to former club York City.
The midfielder, who was told he was surplus to requirements in Wiltshire last month, has signed a two-year deal at Bootham Crescent.