Cooper hails ‘unique’ atmosphere within his Swindon squad

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

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THE strength of camaraderie amongst the Swindon Town squad is “unique” in the eyes of manager Mark Cooper.

The Robins get their League One campaign off and running with the visit of Scunthorpe United tomorrow afternoon, with Town entering the new term without a fanfare and with minimal expectation on their shoulders after a frustrating summer in the transfer market.

Some are predicting a relegation battle but Cooper seems confident that his players have the togetherness and spirit they need to hold their own in the division this term, as they attempt to emulate and perhaps better their eighth-place finish in 2013/14.

The Town boss said of the atmosphere in the camp: “It’s unique because of the age. What we try to do is create an atmosphere and a workplace where these boys can flourish. We have to not put too much pressure on them. We have to teach them to try to play a certain way or the way we think is right, and to do that there has to be a calm, confident atmosphere, with no recriminations if they give the ball away.

“We have to encourage them to want to go and get it again. It’s important that we create that atmosphere.”

On the whole, Cooper has been pleased with what he has seen from his charges in pre-season.

He said: “With younger players, they can adapt more to what’s being thrown at them. They’re not set in their ways and they’re open to different things. Whatever you tell them to do, they want to go and do it because they think what you tell them is right.

“It’s a lot easier with a younger set of players. People will say we need experience and who’s the leader and who’s going to guide them on the pitch.

“It might be the case we don’t have anyone but the more games they play, the more they become leaders.

“Hopefully we’ve put enough work into them by Saturday that they can fall back onto the information we’ve given them.

“It might be that it takes a few weeks, it might not, we might hit the ground running but it might take a few weeks.”

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7:04am Fri 8 Aug 14

Longtime Red says...

In almost every story this morning Cooper seems to be preparing us for a poor start to the season. I'm not really too sure why, because it is not as thought we have many new players who have to adapt to each other's play. Come on Mr Cooper try and be a little more positive and give us loyal supporters something to look forward to.
In almost every story this morning Cooper seems to be preparing us for a poor start to the season. I'm not really too sure why, because it is not as thought we have many new players who have to adapt to each other's play. Come on Mr Cooper try and be a little more positive and give us loyal supporters something to look forward to. Longtime Red
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7:56am Fri 8 Aug 14

North _Swindon_Red says...

Longtime Red wrote:
In almost every story this morning Cooper seems to be preparing us for a poor start to the season. I'm not really too sure why, because it is not as thought we have many new players who have to adapt to each other's play. Come on Mr Cooper try and be a little more positive and give us loyal supporters something to look forward to.
When you have players coming out in local press (Kasim) saying he's struggling with the new system little wonder Cooper seems little negative..
[quote][p][bold]Longtime Red[/bold] wrote: In almost every story this morning Cooper seems to be preparing us for a poor start to the season. I'm not really too sure why, because it is not as thought we have many new players who have to adapt to each other's play. Come on Mr Cooper try and be a little more positive and give us loyal supporters something to look forward to.[/p][/quote]When you have players coming out in local press (Kasim) saying he's struggling with the new system little wonder Cooper seems little negative.. North _Swindon_Red
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8:33am Fri 8 Aug 14

Another view says...

This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out -

"We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt.

"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly."

For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level.

"Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."
This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out - "We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt. "It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level. "Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else." Another view
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8:42am Fri 8 Aug 14

umpcah says...

Another view wrote:
This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out -

"We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt.

"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly."

For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level.

"Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."
"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either !
[quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out - "We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt. "It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level. "Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."[/p][/quote]"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either ! umpcah
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9:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

harley red says...

umpcah wrote:
Another view wrote:
This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out -

"We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt.

"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly."

For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level.

"Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."
"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either !
Let's hope cooper is one of the managers that get the elbow
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out - "We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt. "It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level. "Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."[/p][/quote]"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either ![/p][/quote]Let's hope cooper is one of the managers that get the elbow harley red
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10:48am Fri 8 Aug 14

umpcah says...

harley red wrote:
umpcah wrote:
Another view wrote:
This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out -

"We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt.

"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly."

For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level.

"Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."
"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either !
Let's hope cooper is one of the managers that get the elbow
If he`s the puppet which many posters think he is that wont happen.
[quote][p][bold]harley red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Another view[/bold] wrote: This is a quote on today's BBC site from Nicky Butt, ex Man U player, talking about the United youngsters who went on to win the European Cup. I'm sure our management would agree 100%. Let's hope they will be allowed the time to make their plans work out - "We were at a club and had a manager that believed in giving young people a chance," said Butt. "It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." For Butt, the consequence is that managers spend less time working on any aspect of a club below first-team level. "Why should they go looking at academies four or five nights when nine times out of 10 they are not going to be there to see the rewards - they will be leaving it to someone else."[/p][/quote]"It is harder now with the immediacy of it all. Everyone wants things instantly." How true ! Any manager whose team loses the first three games will be looking over his shoulder ! By the end of September I expect at least four managers to have been sacked. With the usual colossal payoffs for the " failures " in the top leagues I doubt that they will be all that bothered either ![/p][/quote]Let's hope cooper is one of the managers that get the elbow[/p][/quote]If he`s the puppet which many posters think he is that wont happen. umpcah
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