Italian issues ‘come get me’ plea to Reading
The controversial Italian is widely tipped to be the man to succeed Brain McDermott at the Royals, after being pictured at the Madejski Stadium during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Aston Villa.
Di Canio, who left Swindon Town last month after becoming frustrated by off-field issues at the club, believes that he is ready to take charge of a top tier club, opening the door for Reading to make an official approach:
“I proved in League One and Two that I was the best manager, and I now feel that I am ready for the next level,” he told BBC Sport.
“I believe I am at a stage now where I am a Premier League or Championship manager.”
The former West Ham player went on to state that he is confident in his ability as a manager:
“I have already proven my ability in League Two and League One, where there are many arrogant and average players and I was able to turn their mentality and help them become better footballers.
“You can imagine if I have the chance to do the same at the top level.”
As well as Di Canio, former Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has been linked with the position.
Ex-Chelsea and West Brom chief Roberto Di Matteo is also reportedly on the club’s wish list, after owner Anton Zingarevich declared that he is looking for a speedy resolution to the situation.