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SWINDON TOWN: Target practice
PAOLO Di Canio has already identified the players he wants to bring in on loan should the transfer embargo be lifted from Swindon Town’s shoulders.
The Robins have been banned from registering new players for the best part of a month after breaching the League One wage cap, leaving Di Canio to grow ever more frustrated on the touchlines.
The Italian has already earmarked the clash with Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday as the fastest route for the club to exit embargo, with victory potentially teeing up another high-profile tie in the quarter-finals, from which the subsequent unbudgeted revenue could push Town’s expenditure back below the 65 per cent-of-turnover limit.
If all those variables fall in Swindon’s favour then Di Canio would be free to dip into the emergency loan market once again, and he has revealed that when he has that freedom restored he knows exactly who to go after.
He said: “We already work on it. First of all because there is a sense of responsibility to stay there, understand and have the targets ready even if it is not close because we can’t proceed.
“We are more than ready if we are sure we are going to open the embargo. We have the targets, yes.
“If we beat Aston Villa and have a good answer from the board already I prepare because I don’t want to be not ready.
“Otherwise we cancel the embargo and I say ‘let me think, let me check if there is someone’. No.
“We have the target, we already have the targets. This is why we work at the top level, we are professional. Obviously once we know yes or no we are going to say ‘come on’ straight away or ‘goodbye’.”
In the meantime, Di Canio appears to have already resolved that Swindon do not have a shot at promotion from League One this term, despite sitting in seventh place with almost a third of the season gone.
He said: “Even with Jeremy (Wray, former Town chairman) it was a three-year plan but there was more desire in some way. Why not now? What not if we didn’t see anything special in the others and we could keep position, if we don’t get injuries, until December and then commit in January?
“Now we have the embargo and five or six injuries. It’s a disappointment but we have to accept and see next week what’s going on.
“The programme, the plan has changed. It didn’t change in general because we have to maintain the league and try next year to challenge for promotion. It will be more easy probably because we have many situations that we will sort out at the end of the season.”