Di Canio backed

Italian favourite for Swindon job vacated by himself on Monday

Di Canio: Backed to return to Swindon after leaving post on Monday

Paolo Di Canio has emerged as Sky Bet's 15/8 favourite to be the next Swindon manager despite only vacating the position on Monday evening.

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The Italian boss handed in his notice due to off-field problems with the club's sale failing to be confirmed, but is being backed to return to the County Ground with a takeover still in the pipeline.

Di Canio's former assistant Fabrizio Piccareta has been placed in temporary charge but is 12/1 to take the post on a permanent basis, while Mike Newell, Dave Hockaday and Steven Pressley are all 5/1 having attracted some backing.

The online bookmaker added Di Canio to their market on Tuesday afternoon by request and saw an immediate surge of backing, prompting his price to be cut from 5/1 to 15/8.

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: "We initially went out without Di Canio our list of candidates, with Mike Newell and Dave Hockaday leading the betting, but were seeing little interest in the market.

"However, we then added Di Canio at 5/1 by request this afternoon and the Italian has attracted almost all of the interest ever since, prompting us to cut his price to 15/8."