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SWINDON TOWN: Paolo positive after summit
PAOLO Di Canio enjoyed a “positive” meeting with Swindon Town chairman Sir William Patey and majority shareholder Andrew Black on Wednesday evening.
The trio met to discuss the ongoing transfer embargo hanging over the club, and Di Canio left feeling that the Robins’ powers-that-be understood his point of view - specifically that the restrictions imposed by the embargo have inflicted lasting damage on his team as they aspire to promotion from League One.
The Italian stressed that no individual should be blamed for the state Town find themselves in at present, insisting he was happy with the talks with Patey and Black.
“I don’t want to talk about this because it’s obvious the club has to say what’s going on exactly. It’s not fair that it goes out from me,” he said.
“But it’s obvious that I really think that it was a positive meeting. I can’t tell you when they have to tell the people officially, but it’s obvious that they agree that this situation has already damaged my team’s performances, even Tuesday night’s performance.
“They agree. The damage was done but not because it was anybody’s fault. Nobody has to point the finger. There are problems - bureaucratic, technical problems. But it’s a fact.
“It was positive in this way and I am waiting. I can tell you only that it was a positive meeting.”
Patey, meanwhile, did not go into the specifics of the discussions when contacted by the Advertiser, emphasising that the meeting was nothing out of the ordinary.
“There’s no big deal about the meeting, we’d set this up for ages. It’s basically for me to have a dialogue with Paolo,” he said.
“We’re not going to give a running commentary on every meeting we have. We talked about the future of the club and what the plans are for going forward and we talked about the current prospects of getting out of the embargo and the various injuries we’ve got and the progress of various players coming back, and we talked about the match.
“We had a good meeting and we had a chance to chat about his family.
“We were able to empathise with each other about being separated from our families. “His wife is in Rome and he’s got the family here for half-term and we had a long chat about being separated from families, which I know well from being in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“We connected at a personal level. When there’s particular news, we’re an open club, we understand the fans’ intense interest in what’s going on and when there’s anything to report we’ll in touch.”