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.
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