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Day: February 19, 2013

Di Canio’s Departs Swindon

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the resignation of Paolo Di Canio from his position as the manager of Swindon Town has been the amount of time that it took for it to come. There have been mutterings emanating from that particular corner of Wiltshire for some time now this season, a transfer embargo in place for a month from the start of October, the resignation of a chairman and eventually, the sale of a key player during the transfer window and, eventually, the takeover of the club by a new consortium of businessmen. It was two and a half weeks ago that Di Canio stated that he was considering his position. That no agreement could have been reached shortly after the closure of the transfer window has come as as no great surprise, though. Swindon’s problems away from the pitch this season have come about on account of a familiar foe to the modern game: overspending on players. The introduction of Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) was confirmed at the Football League’s Annual General Meeting in June 2011. These new rules came into force at the start of last season as a pilot, with clubs in League One limited to being able to spend 75% of their annual turnover on wages. This proportion was reduced to 65% for the start of this season and will be reduced further,...

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Match Of The Week: Sheffield United

We continue our series of archive matches of the clubs of Football League One with Sheffield United and six matches from the years between 1967 and 1989, starting off with a trip to London to play Fulham at Craven Cottage in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. We follow this with three matches from the 1970s, kicking off with a home match against Blackburn Rovers from 1970, then against Manchester City from February 1972, and then against West Ham United from 1975. We then have a Third Division match from November 1983 which sees Sheffield United travel to The Manor Ground to play Oxford United, and finally a match against Brighton & Hove Albion from 1989. You can follow Twohundredpercent on Twitter by clicking...

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