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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio calls for clarity on transfer embargo
PAOLO Di Canio has called on the Swindon Town board to show their commitment to getting the club into the Championship by ensuring the transfer embargo on the Robins is lifted as soon as possible.
Town were landed with the order banning them from registering new players after they submitted documents which showed their spending on salaries and player fees had exceeded the maximum allowance of 65 per cent of their turnover.
Chairman Jeremy Wray revealed on Saturday that the Robins’ projections instead show that Town are spending around 66.5 per cent, meaning that they will be forbidden from making any new signings until the books are balanced.
Di Canio told the local media after his side’s 1-0 win at Bury that it would not take much for the Swindon board to rectify the situation. And he asked for the powers-that-be at the County Ground to make a statement of intent for the future.
“I asked only to work the way I can send out some players and bring in some players.
“If I can’t it will be very tough and we have to tell the fans that probably the plan changed a little bit,” he said.
“I don’t want to say changed completely, this is my worry for the future – that the plan that I heard 16 months ago the first time I met them has changed in a little way.
“It is not my opinion. A team that really wants to go up in this moment cancels the embargo because the embargo is not £10million, £5million, £20million.
“It is for this club nothing, it’s nothing for this club.
“If there is the same intention, if we put the line and say ‘no, it is finished’ it’s difficult because in the football match there are injuries. You can have three or four injuries like we had in the last two weeks that cost points.”
Di Canio is keen to hear an answer from Wray and the rest of the board in the next few days as he plans for the future.
However, he suggested that, without additional backing, he could not guarantee a promotion challenge in 2012/13.
He said: “There is nothing angry or nasty against the board, it’s only to ask to know exactly what is going on as soon as we can and then we can tell the fans.
“I am always honest with my board, especially with my chairman Jeremy who I have a fantastic relationship with; we are big professionals and top level professionals.
“I thought at the start of the season we could not guarantee but say we would be towards the top, now it is very difficult which is a big difference.
“I’m not angry; I only want to know what is going on. It’s not a big criticism. Let me know because you have to make a decision.
“I’m never going to give up but we have to be honest with the people and with the fans.
“I am waiting; you will know the day we get the answer. If I know what is going on I will tell you. Unfortunately we have to do this.
“It’s not the end of the world but we have to be honest and clear because at the moment we are doing good – fourth in the table, a team that’s come from League Two.
“What do we have to do more to help someone to say ‘the plan was three years to the Championship, it’s not far to have the chance if we commit a bit more now to go in two years and give satisfaction?’ “If we think we can proceed in this way I will do more than my best but I have to know. I want only to have the clarification.
“One day I want to know how I have to die. I want to know if I have to die in this way or this way. Let me know. Yes or no.”