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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio focused on Coventry despite embargo
PAOLO Di Canio is pushing all thoughts of the transfer embargo hanging over Swindon Town to the back of his mind as he prepares his team to face Coventry this weekend.
With the Robins currently projecting expenditure on wages and player fees in excess of the 65 per cent of turnover limit imposed by Financial Fair Play legislation, Swindon are currently forbidden from registering new players until their books are balanced.
Di Canio made a passionate plea to the Town board to get the banning order lifted in his post-match interview following the 1-0 win at Bury on Saturday but, in a calmer mood on Wednesday, he reassured fans that he is happy working with what he has got for now and he has both eyes fully focused on the visit of the Sky Blues.
“Saturday was the right time to say something, now we are close to the game - three days to go - I want to concentrate on the game,” he said.
“There isn’t any answer but I didn’t want the answer in one day or two days. It is important to know before everything is finished what we can do and when we can do something.
“After the game on Saturday it was after a game and now I can tell you with a different body language that it’s not something incredibly wrong, but a good club like we are should not stay under an embargo because it’s not a big problem for this club in my opinion.
“But now we wait, the club works in the way that we can sort out the situation one way or the other.
“The clarity is for me to think about the game.”
Di Canio did stress once again, however, that he feels he needs to be able to operate in the emergency loan market if Swindon are to stand a chance of competing right at the top of League One this season.
“The feeling is exactly the same, we (the management and the board) are waiting to meet each other and try to see how we can work for this situation. It’s good for the club not to stay under the embargo for many reasons - image and because we can have more of a chance if we need more elasticity until January.
“It’s not disrespect for my other players. If you have got out (Gary) Roberts, (Alan) McCormack, Andy Williams that makes a difference and the value is different.
“It can be a problem in the long run, this was my concern, but now it’s okay because we work with the players we’ve got and I’m happy.”
Meanwhile, Di Canio confirmed that striker Williams could be out of action for as long as a month with a groin injury.
Skipper McCormack is also set to miss the clash with the Sky Blues due to his hamstring problem but Roberts could return to the Robins’ matchday squad.