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SWINDON TOWN: Money can't buy Paolo love
IT’S not about the money for Paolo Di Canio, with the Swindon Town boss claiming he would rather have more friends in football than a big budget as he bids to guide the Robins to promotion from League One.
Di Canio had certainly splashed the cash since taking over in Wiltshire in May 2011, most notably over the course of this summer as he brought in a collection of experienced campaigners and the best young talent around to make his squad amongst the most revered in the division.
Eleven new faces arrived at SN1 during the transfer window, and Di Canio is still keen to add to his playing resources via the emergency loan route.
Backed by a board more than willing to support their manager’s lofty ambitions for the club, you would think that Di Canio would be more than happy with the situation in which he finds himself at present.
However, the Italian has suggested that he is starting to realise it is about who you know and not necessarily how much you’ve got.
He said: “Every time the opponents say ‘I would really like to have the budget of Paolo Di Canio.’ “I would like to have less budget and old friends, like some have got when they go to QPR and Fulham and get easy players. “Because I do not have this connection with many other managers, when I went to the manager of the year dinner an old fox who used to be my manager said to me ‘Paolo, now you did everything with your legs, but from now try to go and speak with top managers because next year in League One they can give you more opportunity’. “To be honest, he was right, because two players that I wanted and they wanted to come here under me because I can improve them, the club said to them ‘maybe not’ and I discovered two days later they moved to another League One team not with our potential. “I didn’t spend much more money than the others the first budget in the league, and maybe I would like less budget, and more friends.”