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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Di Canio considering future

ESPN staff

Paolo Di Canio is considering his position as Swindon Town manager after the sale of influential winger Matt Ritchie to promotion rivals Bournemouth.

The maverick Italian was left livid as the sale of Ritchie happened behind his back, putting their hopes of promotion in doubt, and Di Canio felt he was left with no alternative but to issue the following statement.

It read: "It is with great regret that I issue this statement but unfortunately, the events of the last few days have left me with no alternative other than to consider my position and explain the reasons why.

"We were assured Matt Ritchie was going nowhere and money would be made available for the squad to be strengthened. Within an hour I received a phone call from Matt Ritchie telling me that the club had agreed to sell him and he was in the process of agreeing personal terms.

"I regard this as a clear breach of my contract with the club and, moreover, a clear attempt to undermine my position, notwithstanding the success we have achieved in the last 18 months. Matt Ritchie was sold behind my back.

"If it wasn't for the players and fans of Swindon Town, I would have walked away from this club a long time ago."

Swindon are currently in the process of being taken over subject to Football League approval on Wednesday night.

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