Top of the league Swindon Town are at a critical point in their campaign. The charismatic Paulo Di Canio has walked out following a series of off- the-field events and temporary player managers Darren Ward and Tommy Miller will take charge. Swindon have hit the top in seemingly their most chaotic period. Will the team have the resolve to hold it all together without the pivotal man who has led them on their ascent up the football league ladder?
Saturdays clash with Preston North End will be more of a test than the form guide suggests. New boss Simon Grayson has a proven pedigree at this level and his men will be out to make a good first impression.
Under Graham Westley the Lilywhites had lost 4 of their last 6 games but they may salvage some confidence from the 4-1 victory at Deepdale early in the season.
Swindon have the best home attack in the league but Matt Ritchie’s exit to Bournemouth will deal a blow to their attacking prowess. Their excellent 3-1 away win at Tranmere the day after Di Canio departed displayed good fortitude but many will be sceptical about the effectiveness of a club operating without a real manager at the helm.