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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio upset by Town statement
PAOLO Di Canio has claimed that comments made by Sir William Patey in a statement released by Swindon Town today are "neither an accurate nor complete version of what actually happened".
In a statement released exclusively to the Advertiser, Di Canio reveals that Town have yet to respond to his resignation letter of February 12, that he feels Patey's words were "disrespectful" and that he will in time "ensure that the truth will come out" about his tenure at the County Ground.
The statement reads: "I am very disappointed with the recent statement issued by Swindon Town FC, headed ‘Completion of Sale’.
"The comments of Sir William Patey are neither an accurate nor complete version of what actually happened, and are disrespectful to the efforts, commitment and achievements that my team, my staff and I have put in and achieved since I became the manager of the club.
"Even though I had to deal with the whole team being put up for sale on the day of the Leyton Orient game without my knowledge, and Matt Ritchie being sold behind my back, I continued to give everything for the club including preparing them for the game on Tuesday, my technical team took charge of the game and carried out the plan we had prepared the previous day and in doing so the game was won, since then the players have confirmed this in interviews as well as phone calls to me, thanking me for what I have done for them.
"As I stated in my last statement, I resigned on the 12th February but I agreed a temporary agreement with the new consortium which ran out on Monday at 17.00, despite them knowing the deadline there was no attempt to contact me or my representatives to extend our agreement and by not doing so they were fully aware my resignation would have to stand.
"The Club have still not responded to my letter of resignation of 12th February, but instead have put out a wholly misleading version of events in their press statement.
"I will respond fully in due course but at this point I do not want to make any further comments other than to say I will ensure that the truth will come out and when it does the players and fans will find out what has really happened at Swindon Town FC over the last 18 months."
Patey's words on the press release issued by Town earlier as they confirmed the sale of the club to new owners read: “Andrew Black and the outgoing Board leave Swindon as leaders of League One, with a good chance of back to back promotions to the Championship.
"The quality of our squad is the legacy of the very considerable investment that has been made, and I believe the benefits of this will continue to be enjoyed by fans for seasons to come. Notwithstanding all the challenges faced, we have comprehensively accomplished Andrew’s key objective of passing the club onto the new owners in a good state of heath.
“Despite the manager walking out on the Club, its players and its fans the day before a vital game, Tuesday night saw a wonderful performance from the team under incredibly difficult circumstances.
"The Club’s position at the top of the table is a testament to the efforts of those who will now go forward with the new owners. Losing our manager is obviously a disappointment but, as the result at Tranmere shows, Swindon is bigger than any one person."