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PDC ponders Town future
PAOLO Di Canio has said he will “consider his position” as manager of Swindon Town if he is told the club’s board will not do anything to ensure the Robins’ transfer embargo currently is lifted.
Having exceeded the salary cap in League One, Town are not allowed to register new players until their expenditure falls within the 65 per cent- of-turnover limit.
Di Canio wants the board, which includes investors Andrew Black and Sir Martyn Arbib, to clarify their position on this issue as soon as possible.
The Italian has continued to state that he feels the powers-that-be would be backing away from the blueprint for success laid out to him when he joined the Robins last year if they do not do everything in their power to allow him to start dipping into the emergency loan market.
And he has revealed that he would think about his role within the club if he decided the Swindon board were not continuing down the same path they had pledged to stick to when they appointed the fiery former West Ham forward 16 months ago.
“They have to clarify now because it’s not fair, it’s not fair, it’s not fair. When Swindon approached me 16 months ago I came in here not for the employed but for the plan, which was to reach the Championship in three years,” he said.
“In the way we behaved in the last three weeks, there is not that intention. I don’t know what’s going on in the next few days but we have to be clear.
“Only in one way can they prove there is a desire they can maintain this level and hope, because there is no guarantee anyway that we can go up. Cancel the embargo otherwise it means that the plan has changed; this plan that was proposed to me that invited me and convinced me to come.
“If they think that what we spent in the summer is enough to win the league because they have knowledge in football and they don’t know and they don’t remember where we came from – League Two, zero value in this club, only three players we still have.
“I will see my position, I will consider my position. I said before the board have to clarify the situation. I’m working hard, I’m working 36 hours a day, not 24, it’s my job.
“It’s important to be clear. If we don’t want to cancel the embargo everybody considers his position. It’s not a problem but it’s important to be clear to the fans that the plan has changed. We want to cancel the embargo and see how they want to strengthen the squad.
“Otherwise everybody can stay in his position. The plan was three years but we are close there and it is a bit silly not to try.
“It’s easy for me because I don’t spend the money. If you are the one spending the money then you can think it is too much.”