The Washbag

With news of Jeremy Wray’s departure as chairman of Swindon Town and replacement with Sir William Patey, Ron Smith asks whether this change at the top is really a shock.

In July, Paolo Di Canio’s greatest supporter, Jeremy Wray lost the Interim’ part of his job title, on Friday 12 October, he lost the ‘Chairman’ part too. And, according to a club statement, it was done so ‘at the specific request of the club’s majority shareholder, Andrew Black’.

Speaking after his removal became public on Monday, Wray said: “When I agreed to take over as Chairman it was on the understanding that the Board would confirm the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as manager and would commit to a three-year plan to support him, his management staff and players in the attempt to achieve promotion back to the Championship.” Reading between the lines it seems that the ‘understanding’ to back…

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