Paolo Di Canio has resigned as manager of League One side Swindon Town. The outspoken Italian released a statement on Monday evening, following months of unrest and speculation.
“It is with great regret that I find myself having to make this further press statement. Last Tuesday, 12th February, I formally confirmed my resignation as manager of Swindon Town Football Club with immediate effect.
“In my previous press statement on 1st February, I said that I was considering my future, as my position with the club had become untenable, after I found out that Matt Ritchie had been sold without my consent.
“As I had previously stated, there have been a number of broken promises made by the club over the time that I have been Manager of Swindon Town.
“I did not resign immediately, nor publicise my resignation after I had formally confirmed it, as I did not want to jeopardise the negotiations for the sale of the club and I wanted to listen to what the proposed new owners plans were.
Di Canio had a colourful relationship with the Swindon board and highlighted the differing views on the club’s promotion ambitions as a major problem. The decision to sell winger Matt Richie to Swindon’s promotion rivals Bournemouth without the manager’s consent looks like it was the final nail in the coffin.
“I wish the best of luck to the supporters, the players and my Technical Staff for the future.”