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SWINDON TOWN: Fans demand answers from club's new owners
TRUST STFC have issued four questions they would like to see answered by the prospective new owners of Swindon Town, in the wake of manager Paolo Di Canio’s statement on Friday.
As exclusively revealed by the Advertiser last week, Di Canio is considering his position as manager at the County Ground following a series of events which left him feeling his position was untenable.
They included the sale of Matt Ritchie to Bournemouth, apparently without his knowledge, what he termed in his statement as several broken promises and even a breach of the terms of his contract.
Following his words, Trust STFC has sent their reaction to the Adver. In it they ask the incoming consortium, fronted by Banbury United owner Jed McCrory, to clear up the uncertainties surrounding the club’s future.
The statement reads: “The Supporters Trust is extremely concerned at Paolo Di Canio’s statement that he is considering his position. Paolo has been the principal reason for our club’s extraordinary success over the past 18 months and it is vital that he remains to finish the job he has started.
“We are grateful to the new owners for enabling the club to avoid administration following Andrew Black’s decision to divest himself of Swindon Town.
“In view of Paolo’s account of events in the past few days however the new owners owe it to the fans and indeed to Paolo urgently to clarify the following matters: l Who is currently running our club?
l What steps are the new owners taking to ensure that we retain the services of key members of the playing staff and the manager?
l Who are the members of the consortium who have bought the club?
l Do they still plan to take the club to Championship level in the time scale agreed by the previous board with the manager?
“We urge Mr McCrory to allay these concerns immediately.”
Answers may not be immediately forthcoming, however, as all the relevant parties involved in the takeover discussions are subject to a non-disclosure agreement which prevents them speaking publicly about the sale.
Once the deal has been approved by the Football League, which is expected to be later this week, the NDA will be lifted and fans should find out more about what is really going on in SN1.
Meanwhile, the soon-to-be ex-majority shareholder at Town, Andrew Black, took to Twitter on Saturday night to confirm his role in the sale of Matt Ritchie.
Black said: “Wow this is all pretty horrible. I can’t really say anything at the moment as the sale is still going through - I’ll say plenty later.
“I did sanction the sale of Ritchie. I blocked it the first time it came up but agreed to it later believing it had to happen.
“There’s obviously more to this but it’s complicated and best left until a later date. That’s all I’m saying.”
After Town’s 1-1 draw at Crawley on Saturday, Di Canio refused to comment about his future.