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SWINDON TOWN: Di Canio statement regarding Wray's replacement
6:44pm Monday 15th October 2012 in Sport
THE Advertiser has received a statement from Paolo Di Canio in the wake of Jeremy Wray being replaced as chairman at Swindon Town.
"I am very sad that Jeremy Wray has been replaced as the chairman of Swindon Town, as I know this is something that he didn’t want. I have also been informed that in view of this decision, one of the directors, Russell Backhouse may also step down from the board.
"When I decided to join Swindon Town as manager it wasn’t because I wanted a job but the excitement of the project of bringing success back to Swindon Town and to get them back to the Championship in three years. Jeremy Wray and Russell Backhouse were a massive influence in me joining the club because of their passion and belief in us achieving success.
"During the last 18 months we have developed a fantastic relationship and as I said on Saturday after the game, you couldn’t ask for a better chairman and I do not understand why the owners would want to break up a team who is delivering success.
"It is important for me to have a team around me that I can trust. Jeremy Wray and Russell Backhouse, Phil Spencer and myself have worked tirelessly as a team to bring success to this club but now with Jeremy going and Russell potentially soon to depart, half of that team may soon be taken away, and, as much as I have loyalty to Swindon and its fans, I also have loyalty to Jeremy and Russell and these events have certainly changed the dynamics, but I am interested to learn the reasons behind this decision and what this means for me and the future of Swindon Town Football Club.
"I am at the beginning of my managerial career with the ambition to manage at the highest level. Up until now I have felt that Swindon was the place where I could achieve success.
"When I signed my new contract in the summer I asked for assurances that Jeremy and Russell would remain at the Club and that the project of getting back to the Championship was still in place.
"Football changes all of the time and I was also assured that there would be flexibility within the budget and that if there were a need to bring further players in because of injury or to freshen up the squad, providing that we were on target and challenging for promotion, that this would be the case.
"Having read the club statement, which sounds very positive, I await for my agent Phil Spencer to meet with the new chairman and look forward to receiving the re-assurances they wish to continue to support me this season, to now bring us out of embargo and move forward with our aim of getting promotion this year.
"I am obviously under contract with the club and I will always act in a professional way, continuing to put my best efforts in to bring success on the pitch, which I have already stated previously would be very hard to achieve if the embargo is not lifted.
"I do not intend to comment any further with regards to this and will not be carrying out interviews for the media this week in order to focus on the team and the match on Saturday.
"Finally, I would like to thank Jeremy for giving me my first job in football management and giving me 100 per cent support during his time at Swindon, I will never forget the faith he had in me and support he has given me and whatever success I have in the future I will always remember that Jeremy was the person that helped me on the way to achieve it."