Paolo Di Canio’s resignation as Manager of League One side Swindon Town gives that little jolt of surprise on hearing first. But realistically, there was more than an air of inevitability about it. The sale of winger Matt Ritchie to Bournemouth is what kick started it all.
Ritchie was a prominent figure in Swindon’s push for a second straight promotion under Di Canio. His sale to one of their main league rivals was a business decision. According to club officials, the £500,000 Stg was essential in Swindon avoiding falling into administration. However in Di Canio’s eyes it was more sinister and ultimately a betrayal of confidence.
Di Canio’s frustration at losing Ritchie was compounded when his efforts to sign three players in the transfer window was blocked by the football league due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the club.
Di Canio made it clear of his discontent and apparently advised of his resignation last week, only to be temporarily talked around on being impressed by the clubs prospective new owners before the weekend. However with nothing formally having taken placed by today, patience on his side was exhausted.
Such has been his tactical and motivational prowess, the prospect of Di Canio moving up at least one division, presuming he remains in England, is viable. Earlier this month he was lined with a move to Championship side Huddersfield town. However with Mark Robins taking over on Valentines Day that option has passed. But the Championship is a hotbed of managerial sackings and shake ups and it never feels like we are far from another.
Bearing that in mind, Di Canio’s departure could also alert Premier League clubs, with the odds from one bookmaker on Sam Allardyce being cut to 10/1 to be sacked as Wes Ham United manager. The odd slashing is directly linked to Di Canio’s departure. All though this sequence of events is a little dramatic considering the relative solidity that Allardyce has brought to West Ham.
What is clear though is that Di Canio will work again and soon. His unpredictability and passionate displays from the sideline might be the attractive glossy package that will excite fans and pundits initially. But it is his attention to detail, organisational skills, intelligence and flair that should ultimately see his ascendancy gathering pace.