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SWINDON TOWN: Embargo problems are a reality not an excuse for Di Canio
THE transfer embargo is not an excuse for Swindon Town’s inconsistent recent run, it is the reality behind it, according to manager Paolo Di Canio.
The Robins are still subject to a banning order preventing them from registering new players, and those restrictions are having an effect on the pitch - with Di Canio’s men taking just five points from their last five games.
The Italian has frequently bemoaned his lack of flexibility in the emergency loan market as his squad continues to be depleted by injuries, but he said he is not using the embargo as an excuse.
“I hope as soon as we can we can have a different situation. It’s tough,” he told the Advertiser.
“It’s not an excuse, it’s the reality. I have only five players in five positions and I can’t sub them. I can try but I have to play players not in their positions.
“Then we will make chaos, make a problem and not have even a chance to get points.
“Now, even if we cancel the embargo the damage was done because anyone I bring in maybe in 10 days or 20 days would have to understand what’s going on. “I don’t know what their physical conditioning would be like, even if they played in the Premiership with all respect, it’s not easy for him to be fit in the way we want. The plan has changed because unfortunately in the last month I couldn’t work in a normal way. If it changed again in the way we want, in a positive way, it is better late than never.
“It means that we can work again and hope to handle the situation for a few weeks. If we brought in some players maybe one month ago maybe now they would know what we want and they would be in a better situation.
“I think it is different now. It is not top six. We are middle table with all the players in. What we have done until a few games ago was amazing job. Obviously it was clear with two or three injuries it was more difficult to handle the situation.”
Meanwhile, Di Canio suggested that some of his players have no adapted to a higher standard of football.
“Probably three or four players who became champions in League Two didn’t understand that the level is the level and they continued to play at the same level which is not enough.
“Someone even relaxed too much and played under his potential that he showed last year, which is really bad.
“They have to understand that only do they have to give much more than last year in terms of attention, desire and availability, they have to learn because if they remain a bit - I don’t want to say arrogant - thinking that they were champions of League Two, there is a big difference in League One.
“Now every two mistakes is one goal, last year it was every five or six mistakes and we handled the situation.
“Now you see two mistakes, two goals. Last week, two mistakes one goal. This is why I’m worried and we need to bring players with better pedigree, with more experience in League One.”