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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio reacts to bookmakers' Bolton link
PAOLO Di Canio was pleased to see his name amongst a number of bookmakers’ runners for the vacant Bolton Wanderers manager’s job, but only because it highlights the achievements of his Swindon Town side over the past 16 months.
Di Canio is getting used to the speculation that has hounded him during his brief and hugely successful period with the Robins.
The Italian has been linked to positions at Swansea and West Ham prior to suggestions the Trotters could look to him to replace the sacked Owen Coyle, while one bookie has offered odds of as low as 16/1 that he could be the next boss at the Reebok Stadium.
Unperturbed, and after stressing that no contact had been made by Bolton, Di Canio emphasised his commitment to Swindon.
But he did accept that being tipped as a potential successor to Coyle was a welcome break to some of the negative press he has received in recent weeks.
He said: “If you read that there’s interest in you, what do you think? That people who bet money put me second or third, what do you think? That I’m happy?
“It’s better than not reading your name but because a person who doesn’t know football in general or doesn’t connect with my club can have news that someone is interested in you can’t make me completely happy.
“It doesn’t come from sports people or people who are involved in football. But reading your name is more positive.
“In the last few months I have read my name only for bad things so I prefer it, but it doesn’t change me or any feeling.
“We can joke and we can have fun but it doesn’t change my spirit, my feeling - I am working for Swindon and there is no need to think about it for one second.
“Nobody has said it from another club or from my club.
“Before I signed for Swindon there was my name for West Ham as the second chance. Nobody contacted me but for an instant my name is there.
“Obviously it is better (than not being there) because it means that people who are not involved straight away with the clubs think already I have done a good job.
“Maybe they read the statistics and see there is Di Canio who has won nine games of 15 already, even this year.
“Including last year it’s more than 61 per cent victories. I hope we can extend it because it means we are doing well.
“It’s a short career, maybe 67 games, but there are some who have 67 and have 15 per cent or 20 per cent and stay at the same level.
“It means that they look at the people who have good results and that is something you appreciate.”