LONDON (Reuters) – Manager Paolo Di Canio says he will pay out of his own pocket to bolster English third tier club Swindon Town’s promotion ambitions.
The outspoken former Milan, Lazio and West Ham United player, appointed as Swindon manager in 2011, is desperate to hold on to loan signings John Bostock of Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City’s Chris Martin after their deals expire.
"I will put my own money in to keep them," Di Canio told BBC Radio on Monday. "I will spend 20,000 or 30,000 pounds ($32,000 or $48,000) and put my money in to keep them for as long as we can because I care and I want to win.
"I’m sure with them we have more of a chance to win."
Di Canio’s time in management has been anything but dull.
His passion has often boiled over into rows with his players and this season he antognised fans by telling those unhappy with his decisions to go and support local rivals Oxford United.
Di Canio ruled out selling his houses to finance Swindon but said he was prepared to eat into his savings to fulfill his ambition of taking the club into the Championship.
"I’m not going to start selling my houses in Italy, but I want to keep those players," Di Canio, told BBC Radio Wiltshire.
"When I die I will have a bit less money but will have the victory as a manager. I’ve spent big money on solicitors in the past; you can imagine what I would spend on my players."
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by John Mehaffey)
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