Di Canio considering Swindon position

The Italian has blasted the club's hierarchy for selling midfielder Matt Ritchie without his knowledge and admits his future at the County Ground is uncertain
Swindon manager Paulo Di Canio claims he is considering his future at the County Ground after midfielder Matt Ritchie was sold behind his back.

The Italian believes the actions have undermined his position as manager and that his contract has been breached in doing so.

The statement reads: “On Wednesday this week we were told that the sale to the new owners had gone through.

“With less than 48 hours remaining before the transfer window closed, we were obviously keen to know our position in regard to bringing in players before the deadline, it was therefore arranged for Phil Spencer to go to meet the new owners that afternoon to discuss this with them.

“When Phil met with them he was assured that Matt Ritchie would not be sold despite there being an offer from Bournemouth to acquire him. He was told 'there is no way that we would sell one of our best players to one of our main competitors'.

“Consequently, we were assured that Matt Ritchie was going nowhere and money would be made available for the squad to be strengthened. Within an hour I received a phone call from Matt Ritchie telling me that the club had agreed to sell him and he was in the process of agreeing personal terms.
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“I regard this as a clear breach of my contract with the club and moreover, a clear attempt to undermine my position notwithstanding the success we have achieved in the last 18 months. Matt Ritchie was sold behind my back.”

Di Canio went on to say that only the fans of Swindon have prevented him from leaving the job, especially as he has been the subject of a number of offers from other clubs.

He added: “With the club selling one of our best players behind my back and continually making promises that are broken, I feel at this moment that my job is not just impossible but is untenable. Of course I shall remain professional and continue to achieve the best I can, but under these circumstances it is not easy.

“If it wasn’t for the players and fans of Swindon Town, I would have walked away from this club a long time ago. I didn’t because I was given repeated assurances that the project to achieve success was always in place and I wanted to deliver this for the players, staff and most of all, the fans of this great Club.

“Despite being linked with a number of more high profile managerial jobs, they have never interested me. Now however I am forced to consider my future as I don’t know how I can continue to work in this environment.

“At this moment of time my future remains unclear.”