SWINDON TOWN: Roberts backs caretaker duo

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Gary Roberts Gary Roberts

GARY Roberts has leant his support to Darren Ward and Tommy Miller as the pair take temporary charge of Swindon Town ahead of the weekend clash with Preston.

Following the resignation of Paolo Di Canio and his backroom team this week, Swindon have been left without a manager for the visit of North End in League One.

With the takeover of the Robins set to be completed later today, the incoming board will soon begin the process of appointing a new boss, but until Di Canio’s successor is found Miller and Ward - who have more than 900 league appearances between them - will have the reins.

A statement issued by the club yesterday read: “Swindon Town Football Club have today placed Tommy Miller and Darren Ward in temporary charge of first team affairs.

“A goalkeeping coach and fitness coach will be brought in to assist the duo on a temporary basis.

“This initiative has the full support of the prospective new owners, allowing them the opportunity to assess all of the applications that have been received in relation to the vacant managerial position and take a considered view for the long-term benefit of the Club.”

Roberts thinks the duo will do a sterling job in the interim, saying: “They’ve got a lot of respect in the dressing room, the gaffer respected them, the boys have got a lot of respect, they’ve had good careers and they’ve got knowledge of the game.

“I know they’ve got the respect of the dressing room and they’ve probably got the respect of the fans.

“If they can take us through to Saturday and get us three points then that’s great.”

The winger was disappointed to see Di Canio leave but in adversity he believes the Swindon squad have shown their true quality and gritty resolve.

“The gaffer has made his decision to leave the club and we’ve got to be professional. We had to go about our business (at Tranmere on Tuesday night), we travelled there, we stuck together, we dug in and it’s not an easy place to go - even though they had a couple of players out.

“It wasn’t a nice night and we could have easily folded and gone under but I think we’ve shown over the last couple of months that we’ve got a good set of lads here, good character, we dug in and got the result we deserved.

“He (Di Canio) will be missed. You can see how close we are as a system. I know training is quite long and things are different at this club compared to others but you look at our goal difference, for example, and the gaffer had us drilled.”

Meanwhile, Ward took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to pledge his commitment to his role as joint caretaker boss.

He wrote: “Thanks for the great support and both Tommy and I will give our all to keep moving the club forwards.”

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6:50am Thu 21 Feb 13

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

STFC
WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY..

STFC
WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY.....
STFC WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY.. STFC WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY..... DarrenSTFCRomain
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7:22am Thu 21 Feb 13

Cardiff Red says...

Good luck lads. We're all behind you. Now lets go and get three points on Saturday!!! COYR
Good luck lads. We're all behind you. Now lets go and get three points on Saturday!!! COYR Cardiff Red
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7:30am Thu 21 Feb 13

RED-MERLIN says...

what a team, playing for each other, all hands to the pumps.just need fraser in to help with the goal keepers & we'll be fine. who needs technical staff, when we have a team that want to win. good luck lads, onwards & upwards. (shame the board are not so commited)
what a team, playing for each other, all hands to the pumps.just need fraser in to help with the goal keepers & we'll be fine. who needs technical staff, when we have a team that want to win. good luck lads, onwards & upwards. (shame the board are not so commited) RED-MERLIN
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7:42am Thu 21 Feb 13

super reds says...

'Quote from above' With the takeover of the Robins set to be completed later today,

Mmmmm. Haven't heard that 1 before,
'Quote from above' With the takeover of the Robins set to be completed later today, Mmmmm. Haven't heard that 1 before, super reds
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7:59am Thu 21 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

I'm very excited for these two and a great gesture to these two guys,
Better than bring a deadbeat in a panic.

The whole town fan base will follow and support you both 100%
And if I don't work out Saturday one of you need to have the balls and say see you all at wanbourgh 5.30a.m Sunday morning.
Onwards and upwards
After all you a pitting your wits against a manager who gets sacked from every job he gets in larry Grayson
I'm very excited for these two and a great gesture to these two guys, Better than bring a deadbeat in a panic. The whole town fan base will follow and support you both 100% And if I don't work out Saturday one of you need to have the balls and say see you all at wanbourgh 5.30a.m Sunday morning. Onwards and upwards After all you a pitting your wits against a manager who gets sacked from every job he gets in larry Grayson smirg kcab
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8:10am Thu 21 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity.

The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high.

YOU are the fans Red & White army.

COYR!
The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity. The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high. YOU are the fans Red & White army. COYR! Since 1950
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8:44am Thu 21 Feb 13

Another view says...

Agree with all of the above. Let's support all the guys who rolled up their sleeves and did a job on Tuesday night freed from the shackles.

Regarding young Miles, I can't understand why he's hardly had game time, then is suddenly thrown in at the deep end on a heavy pitch. Di Canio's way was to bring him on (occassionally) as the opposition were tiring, yet a half fit youngster was risked from the start when the pressure was really on.
Agree with all of the above. Let's support all the guys who rolled up their sleeves and did a job on Tuesday night freed from the shackles. Regarding young Miles, I can't understand why he's hardly had game time, then is suddenly thrown in at the deep end on a heavy pitch. Di Canio's way was to bring him on (occassionally) as the opposition were tiring, yet a half fit youngster was risked from the start when the pressure was really on. Another view
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8:48am Thu 21 Feb 13

Terryswin says...

town end to sing

wards red white army

south stand to sing

millers red & white army

on Saturday,,,,,lets get behind the lads

do we all agree.........COYR
town end to sing wards red white army south stand to sing millers red & white army on Saturday,,,,,lets get behind the lads do we all agree.........COYR Terryswin
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8:52am Thu 21 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

Since 1950 wrote:
The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity.

The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high.

YOU are the fans Red & White army.

COYR!
Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have.
Perhaps the new owners could consider this
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity. The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high. YOU are the fans Red & White army. COYR![/p][/quote]Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have. Perhaps the new owners could consider this peatmoor pirate
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8:54am Thu 21 Feb 13

peatmoor pirate says...

peatmoor pirate wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity.

The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high.

YOU are the fans Red & White army.

COYR!
Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have.
Perhaps the new owners could consider this
Plus I meant to say, absolutely behind Miller and Ward. Who's to say that wont make a great fist of it.
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity. The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high. YOU are the fans Red & White army. COYR![/p][/quote]Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have. Perhaps the new owners could consider this[/p][/quote]Plus I meant to say, absolutely behind Miller and Ward. Who's to say that wont make a great fist of it. peatmoor pirate
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8:58am Thu 21 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

Terryswin wrote:
town end to sing

wards red white army

south stand to sing

millers red & white army

on Saturday,,,,,lets get behind the lads

do we all agree.........COYR
We are all behind you Darren lol
O and u
[quote][p][bold]Terryswin[/bold] wrote: town end to sing wards red white army south stand to sing millers red & white army on Saturday,,,,,lets get behind the lads do we all agree.........COYR[/p][/quote]We are all behind you Darren lol O and u smirg kcab
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9:03am Thu 21 Feb 13

super reds says...

peatmoor pirate wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity.

The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high.

YOU are the fans Red & White army.

COYR!
Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have.
Perhaps the new owners could consider this
Do we actually get anything from the catering, thought it was an outside company that did it?? May be wrong
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: The boys deserve our full support and backing on Saturday and going foreword. Let's get another 10k in and show them solidarity. The players are the only ones to come out of this total shambolic mess with their heads held high. YOU are the fans Red & White army. COYR![/p][/quote]Sadly as the prices have gone back up to £25 it wont happen. If you do the maths, the extra fans at the Hartlepool match would have more than made up the deficit of ticket reduction. An extra 2000@ £15 = £30,000. Ticket loss from the 2500 who paid £15 instead of £25 = £25,000 (remember 5,500 are season tiocket holders. That means an extra £5,000 from tickets plus whatever 10,000 spent on merchandise and catering instead of what 8,000 would have. Perhaps the new owners could consider this[/p][/quote]Do we actually get anything from the catering, thought it was an outside company that did it?? May be wrong super reds
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9:06am Thu 21 Feb 13

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

Siege mentality Saturday.

There won't be detailed dossiers on the opposition this time though and we will miss the detailed analysis done on the opposition.
More blood and thunder this Saturday and a noisy crowd and turn up in numbers.......wait, in my dreams.

The fans Tuesday night showed passion and we out-sung Tranmere from start to finish and lifted the team.
More for Saturday.
Siege mentality Saturday. There won't be detailed dossiers on the opposition this time though and we will miss the detailed analysis done on the opposition. More blood and thunder this Saturday and a noisy crowd and turn up in numbers.......wait, in my dreams. The fans Tuesday night showed passion and we out-sung Tranmere from start to finish and lifted the team. More for Saturday. TheDukeOfBanbury
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9:16am Thu 21 Feb 13

VinnyPericard says...

Lets hope whoever comes in doesn't let standards drop and keeps the high standards Paolo set.
Lets hope whoever comes in doesn't let standards drop and keeps the high standards Paolo set. VinnyPericard
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9:27am Thu 21 Feb 13

Since 1950 says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
Siege mentality Saturday. There won't be detailed dossiers on the opposition this time though and we will miss the detailed analysis done on the opposition. More blood and thunder this Saturday and a noisy crowd and turn up in numbers.......wait, in my dreams. The fans Tuesday night showed passion and we out-sung Tranmere from start to finish and lifted the team. More for Saturday.
And there's our Achillies heel. Who's doing the research into the opposition? Not to mention the small squad which will be no doubt subject to injury and suspensions in the future.

Still 'Back the Boys' though.

COYR!
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: Siege mentality Saturday. There won't be detailed dossiers on the opposition this time though and we will miss the detailed analysis done on the opposition. More blood and thunder this Saturday and a noisy crowd and turn up in numbers.......wait, in my dreams. The fans Tuesday night showed passion and we out-sung Tranmere from start to finish and lifted the team. More for Saturday.[/p][/quote]And there's our Achillies heel. Who's doing the research into the opposition? Not to mention the small squad which will be no doubt subject to injury and suspensions in the future. Still 'Back the Boys' though. COYR! Since 1950
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9:38am Thu 21 Feb 13

The Rev W Pitt says...

Bit of a kick in the goolies for Paul Bodin.
Bit of a kick in the goolies for Paul Bodin. The Rev W Pitt
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9:49am Thu 21 Feb 13

Davethered says...

This combination may just work , obviously with the stick that Paul Bodin has taken from DiCanio over the past year has hurt him hard and he didn't want to take over the reigns . So if these two lads can pull it off , who knows what might happen for them in the future , right place at the right time springs to mind .
Hope buckle doesn't come here , made a right hash of it at the gas , Butchers put his name in the hat , wouldn't mind seeing him and Taylor combination . Loads of experience and a steady influence around the camp. Time for change , just hope they get it right , top of the league , half the jobs done already just need someone in to put the final touches to the season
This combination may just work , obviously with the stick that Paul Bodin has taken from DiCanio over the past year has hurt him hard and he didn't want to take over the reigns . So if these two lads can pull it off , who knows what might happen for them in the future , right place at the right time springs to mind . Hope buckle doesn't come here , made a right hash of it at the gas , Butchers put his name in the hat , wouldn't mind seeing him and Taylor combination . Loads of experience and a steady influence around the camp. Time for change , just hope they get it right , top of the league , half the jobs done already just need someone in to put the final touches to the season Davethered
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10:28am Thu 21 Feb 13

hertz says...

Hey PDC and his crew have no axe to grind with our players , so I see no reason why our deputies can't call to get whatever advise they need from the outgoing manager and his team , any research would have been done before today .My glass is half full for next two games .
Lets GRIND out a result for MILLER , on Wards and up Wards ,

More Cider Nurse :0) COYR
Hey PDC and his crew have no axe to grind with our players , so I see no reason why our deputies can't call to get whatever advise they need from the outgoing manager and his team , any research would have been done before today .My glass is half full for next two games . Lets GRIND out a result for MILLER , on Wards and up Wards , More Cider Nurse :0) COYR hertz
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10:30am Thu 21 Feb 13

stfctrowbridgepaul says...

Will they both play Saturday or will one of them be on the bench viewing from the sidelines maybe miller with ferry replacing him or will bodin be on the bench over seeing things mr digby
Will they both play Saturday or will one of them be on the bench viewing from the sidelines maybe miller with ferry replacing him or will bodin be on the bench over seeing things mr digby stfctrowbridgepaul
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10:56am Thu 21 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

Mays
sky sports monthly accolade goes to

DARREN WARD

• fans player of the month
• players player of the month
• manager of the month
• player of the month
• Eco warrior of the month

Onwards and upwards
Mays sky sports monthly accolade goes to DARREN WARD • fans player of the month • players player of the month • manager of the month • player of the month • Eco warrior of the month Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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11:00am Thu 21 Feb 13

Red Nookie Bear says...

DarrenSTFCRomain wrote:
STFC
WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY..

STFC
WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY.....
How About...............
....................
..........

We are "MillWards" Red 'N' White Army - just a thought for the time being
[quote][p][bold]DarrenSTFCRomain[/bold] wrote: STFC WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY.. STFC WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY.....[/p][/quote]How About............... .................... .......... We are "MillWards" Red 'N' White Army - just a thought for the time being Red Nookie Bear
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11:04am Thu 21 Feb 13

hertz says...

We are MillWard , Nobody likes us
We are MillWard , Nobody likes us hertz
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11:23am Thu 21 Feb 13

mickry says...

A workers' cooperative at last, and what workers they are! Red Army! Red Army!
Mick
A workers' cooperative at last, and what workers they are! Red Army! Red Army! Mick mickry
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11:46am Thu 21 Feb 13

Oxon-Red says...

Good Luck to Darren and Tommy.

Just make sure you don't substitue Wes after 20 minutes :-)

COYMR
Good Luck to Darren and Tommy. Just make sure you don't substitue Wes after 20 minutes :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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11:52am Thu 21 Feb 13

Oxon-Red says...

Just been on the Town Official Website and looked at the Vacancies. Apparently there are none :-)

COYMR
Just been on the Town Official Website and looked at the Vacancies. Apparently there are none :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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5:49pm Thu 21 Feb 13

umpcah says...

Red Nookie Bear wrote:
DarrenSTFCRomain wrote:
STFC
WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY..

STFC
WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY.....
How About...............

....................

..........

We are "MillWards" Red 'N' White Army - just a thought for the time being
That`s rubbish i.m.o. WE ARE SWINDON`S RED & WHITE ARMY seems more suitable for the time being - i.m.o. of course !
[quote][p][bold]Red Nookie Bear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DarrenSTFCRomain[/bold] wrote: STFC WE ARE MILLERS RED AND WHITE ARMY.. STFC WE ARE WARDS RED AND WHITE ARMY.....[/p][/quote]How About............... .................... .......... We are "MillWards" Red 'N' White Army - just a thought for the time being[/p][/quote]That`s rubbish i.m.o. WE ARE SWINDON`S RED & WHITE ARMY seems more suitable for the time being - i.m.o. of course ! umpcah
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