Di Canio leads the race for Reading job
Reading have drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace manager Brian McDermott after his dismissal on Monday.
It became apparent that there was no immediate plan in existence to replace the popular McDermott, whose sacking – along with his back-room staff – came after he won the manager of the month award in January.
Reading were sounding out possible replacements with nine games left to save their Premier League status. They sit second bottom of the table.
Former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio remained the bookmakers' favourite, but former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has also been linked with the club.
A devastated McDermott is believed to have flown off on holiday. Academy director Eamonn Dolan is currently in charge of the team.
Reading owner Anton Zingarevich met with the players at the club's training ground yesterday. A statement from the club said it had been a difficult decision to dismiss McDermott.
"Anton told the players it was the hardest decision of his life," it read.
"Eamonn held a series of meetings throughout the day in preparation for Saturday's Premier League fixture away to Manchester United."