Football: Unhappy Di Canio quits Robins

Paolo Di Canio.
Paolo Di Canio.

The confusion over the future of Swindon seems to have cost them their manager after Paolo Di Canio, the former Sheffield Wednesday player, walked away from his job last night.

The 44-year-old, who guided the Robins to promotion last term, has grown increasingly tetchy about the boardroom goings-on at the County Ground. Town have been the subject of a takeover bid for some time and Di Canio, who claimed to have first tendered his resignation last Tuesday, had pledged to stay if the deal was ratified by the Football League by 5pm yesterday.

No transaction was confirmed, though, and the former West Ham striker issued a statement through his agent, Phil Spencer, confirming he had quit.

“Last Tuesday, I formally confirmed my resignation as manager of Swindon Town Football Club with immediate effect,” said Di Canio. “There have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time that I have been manager of Swindon Town.”