Di Canio dampens Royals link

Paolo Di Canio says his visit to Reading at the weekend had nothing to do with the departure of Brian McDermott.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 07:54 Post Comment

Di Canio: Linked with the Reading job

Di Canio: Linked with the Reading job

Paolo Di Canio claims his visit to the Madejski Stadium at the weekend had nothing to do with the departure of Reading manager Brian McDermott.

The former Swindon boss watched Saturday's 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Aston Villa from the directors' box at the Madejski Stadium.

McDermott was sacked as Reading manager on Tuesday, prompting speculation the Italian could be in line to replace McDermott.

However, Di Canio told BBC Sport: "It was just a coincidence. I was there only to watch the game.

"I was sat with Stuart Pearce at Reading and we had some discussions about the game.

"I want to watch games at the top level and [the Madejski Stadium] was full of passion, so it was good to go there.

"Next time it could be Swansea or Southampton or Tottenham, I don't know, but this is what I am going to do for the next few weeks."

However, the 44-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker, who resigned as Swindon manager last month, added: "It is my ambition to manage at the top level."


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