Boss explains player moves

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Paolo di Canio led Swindon to the League Two title last season

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Paolo di Canio led Swindon to the League Two title last season

Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has explained his reasons for making four senior players available for transfer earlier this week.

Alan Connell, Jonathan Smith, Lee Cox and Mattia Lanzano were all told they were surplus to requirements by the Italian as the Robins prepare for life in League One.

"Alan Connell was an important part of the team like Jonathan Smith, but with the way I want to play in the middle, I discovered he's not exactly the player I want," he told the Swindon Advertiser.

"Up front I want dynamism, more physical presence and Alan is probably not the kind of striker I would have next year.

"Jonathan Smith is a good midfield player, he's one that can challenge all round the field, one that gives his heart - but I want to play a bit more football. It will be difficult for Jonathan to find the space.

"It is good enough for them to move on because they finished as a protagonist last year and try to find a place where maybe they can play regular football and maybe have a good contract."

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