Town in safe hands as takeover goes through and duo take charge

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: THE CARETAKERS: Darren Ward and Tommy Miller  Picture: Rob Noyes/swindontown.co.uk THE CARETAKERS: Darren Ward and Tommy Miller Picture: Rob Noyes/swindontown.co.uk

A NEW era got under way at the County Ground yesterday, with fresh faces in the boardroom and an innovative managerial set-up in the changing room.

On the same day that Seebeck 87 Ltd bought up 99 per cent of the shares in the club, with Jed McCrory taking over as chairman and a new board arriving to take charge at Swindon Town, Darren Ward and Tommy Miller faced the press for the first time in their new roles as joint caretaker player bosses.

McCrory, the owner of Banbury United, finally saw his consortium achieve Football League approval for their takeover of the club - ensuring the Robins’ financial stability for the short and medium term.

He brings with him a new board of directors including Steve Murrall, Gary Hooper and Callum Rice, while chief executive Nick Watkins is retained. Sir William Patey, Russell Backhouse and Andrew Black have stepped down from their respective positions.

Meanwhile, Paolo Di Canio was left upset by the statement issued by Town confirming the sale of the club.

In the missive, released to the media yesterday afternoon, Patey said: “Despite the manager walking out on the club, its players and its fans the day before a vital game, Tuesday night saw a wonderful performance from the team under incredibly difficult circumstances.

“The club’s position at the top of the table is a testament to the efforts of those who will now go forward with the new owners. Losing our manager is obviously a disappointment but, as the result at Tranmere shows, Swindon is bigger than any one person.”

Di Canio reacted by sending a statement of his own exclusively to the Adver, saying: “The comments of Sir William Patey are neither an accurate nor complete version of what actually happened, and are disrespectful to the efforts, commitment and achievements that my team, my staff and I have put in and achieved since I became the manager of the club.”

Finally, Swindon have drafted in County Ground hero Fraser Digby as interim goalkeeping coach while the search for a new manager continues.

The Advertiser understands Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Phil Brown, Gus MacPherson, Terry Butcher, Peter Taylor and Andy Thorn are all interested in taking on the role.

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10:29am Fri 22 Feb 13

Graham8181 says...

Wins on Saturday and Tuesday please and then lets see how the league table is looking
Wins on Saturday and Tuesday please and then lets see how the league table is looking Graham8181
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10:32am Fri 22 Feb 13

Stilloyal says...

Advertiser , please understand that I Stilloyal is NOT interested in having any of the above mentioned as Town manager :-)




You can tell Patey was a diplomat the way he twists words .
But Paolo doesn't escape unscathed either, you are not bigger than the club Paolo , as good as you were the club beongs to the fans .
In this respect , Patey, Black , Di Canio , et al should remember this . We ( well most ) are not stupid and desrve to be treated with respect and TOTAL honesty at all times, although I know this will never hapen , it's the way that business is done always has been , always will be.

Must win these next two games we can open a point or two gap .
COYR'S..
Advertiser , please understand that I Stilloyal is NOT interested in having any of the above mentioned as Town manager :-) You can tell Patey was a diplomat the way he twists words . But Paolo doesn't escape unscathed either, you are not bigger than the club Paolo , as good as you were the club beongs to the fans . In this respect , Patey, Black , Di Canio , et al should remember this . We ( well most ) are not stupid and desrve to be treated with respect and TOTAL honesty at all times, although I know this will never hapen , it's the way that business is done always has been , always will be. Must win these next two games we can open a point or two gap . COYR'S.. Stilloyal
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10:37am Fri 22 Feb 13

EastoeSTFC says...

Thanks for the transparency and sharing the real truth Mr Black.
You saved our club and for that we are grateful.
Now lets get David Kerslake onboard - Assistant Manager at top of the table Championship Cardiff City - David Kerslake is my choice for the taking STFC up!”
Thanks for the transparency and sharing the real truth Mr Black. You saved our club and for that we are grateful. Now lets get David Kerslake onboard - Assistant Manager at top of the table Championship Cardiff City - David Kerslake is my choice for the taking STFC up!” EastoeSTFC
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10:37am Fri 22 Feb 13

avo says...

whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be.
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The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains.
whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be. . The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains. avo
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11:03am Fri 22 Feb 13

Stilloyal says...

avo wrote:
whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be. . The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains.
Yes I agree, the thing I'd hate most is for Paolo to get all childish and petty like Patey and lose the respect of the fans that currently adore him.

I think everyone needs to man up and draw a line under the whole issue.

There is no way back for Paolo now after he let himself into the club in the middle of the night and took away momento's of his success.
Not sure who is the legal owners of this stuff but the locks have now been changed.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be. . The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains.[/p][/quote]Yes I agree, the thing I'd hate most is for Paolo to get all childish and petty like Patey and lose the respect of the fans that currently adore him. I think everyone needs to man up and draw a line under the whole issue. There is no way back for Paolo now after he let himself into the club in the middle of the night and took away momento's of his success. Not sure who is the legal owners of this stuff but the locks have now been changed. Stilloyal
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11:05am Fri 22 Feb 13

Rogersalegend says...

what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.
what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement. Rogersalegend
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11:12am Fri 22 Feb 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush.

Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in.

I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy.

The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!!

Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!)
COYMR!
I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush. Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in. I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy. The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!! Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!) COYMR! Psychedelic Syd
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11:16am Fri 22 Feb 13

Stilloyal says...

Rogersalegend wrote:
what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.
Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club.
His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires.
[quote][p][bold]Rogersalegend[/bold] wrote: what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.[/p][/quote]Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club. His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires. Stilloyal
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11:18am Fri 22 Feb 13

arkells says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Advertiser , please understand that I Stilloyal is NOT interested in having any of the above mentioned as Town manager :-)




You can tell Patey was a diplomat the way he twists words .
But Paolo doesn't escape unscathed either, you are not bigger than the club Paolo , as good as you were the club beongs to the fans .
In this respect , Patey, Black , Di Canio , et al should remember this . We ( well most ) are not stupid and desrve to be treated with respect and TOTAL honesty at all times, although I know this will never hapen , it's the way that business is done always has been , always will be.

Must win these next two games we can open a point or two gap .
COYR'S..
excellent choice of words, totally agree with every word
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Advertiser , please understand that I Stilloyal is NOT interested in having any of the above mentioned as Town manager :-) You can tell Patey was a diplomat the way he twists words . But Paolo doesn't escape unscathed either, you are not bigger than the club Paolo , as good as you were the club beongs to the fans . In this respect , Patey, Black , Di Canio , et al should remember this . We ( well most ) are not stupid and desrve to be treated with respect and TOTAL honesty at all times, although I know this will never hapen , it's the way that business is done always has been , always will be. Must win these next two games we can open a point or two gap . COYR'S..[/p][/quote]excellent choice of words, totally agree with every word arkells
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11:56am Fri 22 Feb 13

Davethered says...

So Paolo let's himself into the club at about 1.00am to take his momentoes etc from his former office. Seeing he left the club on Monday , this should be classed as a break in and also trespassing , also I read around 150 tyres was slashed in old town that same night , maybe he was pi**ed off . Just Saying
So Paolo let's himself into the club at about 1.00am to take his momentoes etc from his former office. Seeing he left the club on Monday , this should be classed as a break in and also trespassing , also I read around 150 tyres was slashed in old town that same night , maybe he was pi**ed off . Just Saying Davethered
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12:01pm Fri 22 Feb 13

P*ssed Off says...

Here we go again....... I don't want this man as manager....I want an ex-player, I want, I want, I want.........you all sound like di canio......oh and on that point can we now expect all the di canio haters when he was appointed to come back now? Never mind we wont please everybody with the new boards selectio n as manager....an STFC supporter is never happy, always wants to moan!!
Let the board get on with their job from the candidates who have applied, not your imaginary 'great' managers in your imagination! Have patience, have faith and have trust....all of these and the continued support by everyone for the whole team and club set-up will ensure Championship football next season!!
Here we go again....... I don't want this man as manager....I want an ex-player, I want, I want, I want.........you all sound like di canio......oh and on that point can we now expect all the di canio haters when he was appointed to come back now? Never mind we wont please everybody with the new boards selectio n as manager....an STFC supporter is never happy, always wants to moan!! Let the board get on with their job from the candidates who have applied, not your imaginary 'great' managers in your imagination! Have patience, have faith and have trust....all of these and the continued support by everyone for the whole team and club set-up will ensure Championship football next season!! P*ssed Off
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12:31pm Fri 22 Feb 13

KerroucheIsntOnFire says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush.

Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in.

I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy.

The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!!

Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!)
COYMR!
After Tuesdays performance Ferry will be lucky to make the bench! He was awful! Luckily we have a breath of fresh air in Gary Roberts! Him and Collins were brilliant Tuesday
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush. Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in. I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy. The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!! Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!) COYMR![/p][/quote]After Tuesdays performance Ferry will be lucky to make the bench! He was awful! Luckily we have a breath of fresh air in Gary Roberts! Him and Collins were brilliant Tuesday KerroucheIsntOnFire
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12:37pm Fri 22 Feb 13

EastleazeRed says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Rogersalegend wrote:
what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.
Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club.
His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires.
Excelent shout loyal ! Solksjar would be worth the gamble.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rogersalegend[/bold] wrote: what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.[/p][/quote]Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club. His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires.[/p][/quote]Excelent shout loyal ! Solksjar would be worth the gamble. EastleazeRed
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12:39pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Jets there'd says...

I couldn't agree more with "P*ssed Off"'s comment, let's be positive & SUPPORT the Club.

We nearly lost our Club for goodness sake!!!!

Lets trust the people that have taken over to do their best.

The other option is to remortgage your house & go & throw your own money in the black hole! I know what I will do!!

Lets have some POSITIVITY & faith.

A cheaper option to remortgaging your house is to spend £25 & go watch the Town on Saturday.

Good Luck Saturday Town
I couldn't agree more with "P*ssed Off"'s comment, let's be positive & SUPPORT the Club. We nearly lost our Club for goodness sake!!!! Lets trust the people that have taken over to do their best. The other option is to remortgage your house & go & throw your own money in the black hole! I know what I will do!! Lets have some POSITIVITY & faith. A cheaper option to remortgaging your house is to spend £25 & go watch the Town on Saturday. Good Luck Saturday Town Jets there'd
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12:52pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Swindon1984 says...

avo wrote:
whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be. . The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains.
Bingo - I can see why Paolo reacted to Patey's statement as there were some digs made there which weren't called for, but there is a risk that the adulation Paolo received in his time here could be replaced with some resentment if he carries on complaining in public - yes, he has a right to put the record straight if he feels he's been made a mug out of, but surely it'd be better for him to draw a line under a regrettable situation and leave with dignity. The back and forth in public embarrasses all concerned.

Have to say also there'll never be a cast iron version of events, truth is a subjective thing and there're a lot of parties involved in this who all have their own opinion. For the good of everyone, let's move on. Patey's gone, let's be thankful for that, and the club is, for the time being, in no danger of going bust. With Diggers back, Rooney training again, top of the league and with two senior players in charge, things could be a LOT worse. COYR.
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: whilst I feel Patey's comments were distasteful, ill timed and childish, and lacked any respect for what the departing manager has done, I really hope Paolo can be the bigger man and just leave things be. . The last thing any of us really want is for the whole ugly truth to come out, as this will only serve to damage the club's reputation. managers et all come and go, but it is Swindon Town the name that remains.[/p][/quote]Bingo - I can see why Paolo reacted to Patey's statement as there were some digs made there which weren't called for, but there is a risk that the adulation Paolo received in his time here could be replaced with some resentment if he carries on complaining in public - yes, he has a right to put the record straight if he feels he's been made a mug out of, but surely it'd be better for him to draw a line under a regrettable situation and leave with dignity. The back and forth in public embarrasses all concerned. Have to say also there'll never be a cast iron version of events, truth is a subjective thing and there're a lot of parties involved in this who all have their own opinion. For the good of everyone, let's move on. Patey's gone, let's be thankful for that, and the club is, for the time being, in no danger of going bust. With Diggers back, Rooney training again, top of the league and with two senior players in charge, things could be a LOT worse. COYR. Swindon1984
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1:04pm Fri 22 Feb 13

SimonPrice351 says...

Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go.

As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression.

Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do.

I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.
Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome. SimonPrice351
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1:32pm Fri 22 Feb 13

davel4848 says...

SimonPrice351 wrote:
Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go.

As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression.

Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do.

I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.
Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?.
By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club.
[quote][p][bold]SimonPrice351[/bold] wrote: Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.[/p][/quote]Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?. By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club. davel4848
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1:42pm Fri 22 Feb 13

mickry says...

I just feel relieved that this particular chapter of the saga is over (isn't it?).
I think criticising fans for stating a preference about who should get the manager's job is a bit harsh. As Town fans, we all know that we very rarely get what we want. So when we say what we want that doesn't mean we expect to get what we want! In the light of this, Adkins or Butcher would get my vote if I had one. I merely hope. Meanwhile, the present arrangement might well turn out ok.
With regard to DiCanio, I would imagine that he might be regretting his decision to jump ship just before the lifeboat finally arrived. Prospective employers might be just a bit worried about what they might be taking on.
Mick.
I just feel relieved that this particular chapter of the saga is over (isn't it?). I think criticising fans for stating a preference about who should get the manager's job is a bit harsh. As Town fans, we all know that we very rarely get what we want. So when we say what we want that doesn't mean we expect to get what we want! In the light of this, Adkins or Butcher would get my vote if I had one. I merely hope. Meanwhile, the present arrangement might well turn out ok. With regard to DiCanio, I would imagine that he might be regretting his decision to jump ship just before the lifeboat finally arrived. Prospective employers might be just a bit worried about what they might be taking on. Mick. mickry
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1:58pm Fri 22 Feb 13

red_welder says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush.

Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in.

I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy.

The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!!

Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!)
COYMR!
How do you know JFH will cost a fortune?
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: I don't want any of those managers listed. Hasselbank was a great player but is completey unproven as a manager (as was Paolo I know) and would cost a fortune. The rest of them aren't so much "has beens" as "never beens" and probably "never will be's". No thanks. If anyone is considered for the longer term Adkins would get my vote but I would be in no rush. Let's see how the Ward/Miller combo works. From where I'm sitting it looks like a pretty good move and one that should settle things with the players - as long as Miller realises Ferry is No 1 in midfield! I'm sure he does and maybe having two very committed and long standing professionals leading the team will inspire them to even greater achievements. Both Ward and Miller seem popular respected by their teamates but both also have the maturity and strength to keep squad discipline. Give them their chance. Their interviews with media have always been mature and considered and maybe the team would benefit confidence-wise from having a more positive environment to work in. I am glad to see the back of Sir Forked Tongue and in leaving I see he also has a mildly venomous bite. There seems to have been a backlash against Paolo this week but I can't find it in my heart to blame him. The Ritchie business was disgusting and totally undermined him. The Board treated him badly and maybe he stayed longer than we might have expected in the circumstances. He has left behind a very good team with a winning mentality - a good legacy. The way the team responded at Tranmere was just amazing - they are a great bunch of lads and I just hope we can keep them together. As regards Gary Roberts I must eat humble pie, he was dreadful at Orient but after Tranmere what can you say? Keep it up Gary!!! Let's hope we get a good gate tomorrow for our fantastic players because they deserve it more than anyone for the way they have maintained their dignity and focus through this off-field debacle. Onwards and upwards (with apologies to Grim!) COYMR![/p][/quote]How do you know JFH will cost a fortune? red_welder
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2:18pm Fri 22 Feb 13

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Big rumour Ossie is coming back.......

Not 100% sure but he was obviously brilliant first time around.

COYR
Big rumour Ossie is coming back....... Not 100% sure but he was obviously brilliant first time around. COYR dreamofacleansheet2
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2:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

EastleazeRed says...

dreamofacleansheet2 wrote:
Big rumour Ossie is coming back.......

Not 100% sure but he was obviously brilliant first time around.

COYR
I think most managers have worked out how to counteract the diamond formation now ;-) loved ossie though , is he still managing ?
[quote][p][bold]dreamofacleansheet2[/bold] wrote: Big rumour Ossie is coming back....... Not 100% sure but he was obviously brilliant first time around. COYR[/p][/quote]I think most managers have worked out how to counteract the diamond formation now ;-) loved ossie though , is he still managing ? EastleazeRed
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3:10pm Fri 22 Feb 13

harrymorris says...

Wray and Fitton to join the new board and the appointment of Adkins please.
Wray and Fitton to join the new board and the appointment of Adkins please. harrymorris
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4:41pm Fri 22 Feb 13

stfclondon says...

SimonPrice351 wrote:
Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.
The chap on the left? You clearly haven't got a clue what you're on about. Run along now.
[quote][p][bold]SimonPrice351[/bold] wrote: Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.[/p][/quote]The chap on the left? You clearly haven't got a clue what you're on about. Run along now. stfclondon
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5:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Fenris382 says...

Think people are blinkered by success, if you cut through the bull (and read Black's tweets) , pretty sure you can see the type of man Paulo really is, funny how he can spend so much money , bomb out players , but sooo many duds and still claim he is an amazing manager. The guys an egotistical dictator who can't grasp it's not all about what HE wants, the club absolutely must come first
Think people are blinkered by success, if you cut through the bull (and read Black's tweets) , pretty sure you can see the type of man Paulo really is, funny how he can spend so much money , bomb out players , but sooo many duds and still claim he is an amazing manager. The guys an egotistical dictator who can't grasp it's not all about what HE wants, the club absolutely must come first Fenris382
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5:27pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Fenris382 says...

*buy
*buy Fenris382
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5:27pm Fri 22 Feb 13

NorthernRobin86 says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
Rogersalegend wrote:
what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.
Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club.
His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires.
Excelent shout loyal ! Solksjar would be worth the gamble.
I doubt Solksjar would be interested in managing us, he only recently turned down the villa job.
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rogersalegend[/bold] wrote: what about Nigel Adkins? He would be the ideal replacement.[/p][/quote]Yep , him or Ole Gunner Solksjar who has won two league championships and is looking for an English club. His old club Man U are keeping tabs on him for when Fergie retires.[/p][/quote]Excelent shout loyal ! Solksjar would be worth the gamble.[/p][/quote]I doubt Solksjar would be interested in managing us, he only recently turned down the villa job. NorthernRobin86
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5:31pm Fri 22 Feb 13

OohShaunTaylor says...

P*ssed Off....totally agree!!!

STFC fans are only happy when they are unhappy!!!

The club will survive.....best team in years....let's enjoy the rest of the season.
P*ssed Off....totally agree!!! STFC fans are only happy when they are unhappy!!! The club will survive.....best team in years....let's enjoy the rest of the season. OohShaunTaylor
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6:27pm Fri 22 Feb 13

joey butler says...

davel4848 wrote:
SimonPrice351 wrote:
Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go.

As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression.

Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do.

I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.
Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?.
By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club.
Good question Dave.

Simon Price is certainly not from Swindon, if he cannot recognise the Adver photo of two current players and thinks they are the new Board!!

Think Simon must be a mate of Guv!!
[quote][p][bold]davel4848[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonPrice351[/bold] wrote: Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.[/p][/quote]Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?. By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club.[/p][/quote]Good question Dave. Simon Price is certainly not from Swindon, if he cannot recognise the Adver photo of two current players and thinks they are the new Board!! Think Simon must be a mate of Guv!! joey butler
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6:39pm Fri 22 Feb 13

davel4848 says...

joey butler wrote:
davel4848 wrote:
SimonPrice351 wrote:
Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go.

As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression.

Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do.

I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.
Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?.
By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club.
Good question Dave.

Simon Price is certainly not from Swindon, if he cannot recognise the Adver photo of two current players and thinks they are the new Board!!

Think Simon must be a mate of Guv!!
Yes Joey. Whatever happened to Guv ?. He had quite a few believing in what he was writing but every time he posted, he said things that were either already happening, or could have happened.
Anyway, onwards & hopefully upwards. Could be 5pts clear come 21.45 on Tuesday, although it's unlikely that every result will go for us but hey, who knows ?. Maybe we should ask Guv.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]davel4848[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SimonPrice351[/bold] wrote: Ferry is definitely going end of the season - he is not happy here, so let him go. As for the photo... the chap on the left looks a little shabbily dressed. Not a good first impression. Can't see them lasting too long (will give them six months to a year) but they are now in charge so we'll have to see what they can do. I give them a cautious, friendly but not over enthusiastic welcome.[/p][/quote]Why all the negativity Simon ? Are you from Oxford or Bournemouth ?. By the way, the guys in the photo aren't the new board, so there's no need to welcome them to the club.[/p][/quote]Good question Dave. Simon Price is certainly not from Swindon, if he cannot recognise the Adver photo of two current players and thinks they are the new Board!! Think Simon must be a mate of Guv!![/p][/quote]Yes Joey. Whatever happened to Guv ?. He had quite a few believing in what he was writing but every time he posted, he said things that were either already happening, or could have happened. Anyway, onwards & hopefully upwards. Could be 5pts clear come 21.45 on Tuesday, although it's unlikely that every result will go for us but hey, who knows ?. Maybe we should ask Guv. davel4848
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8:46pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Doctor red says...

Black is Black,
We want our Paolo back
Jed is Jed'
We are the Champions in Red,
Wray o Wray
We really want you to stay
Get in the ground
Make an almighty sound
Swindon Boys
We will make all the noise
Fight for the Town
So we can win the Crown
Stick together
For ever and ever!

We are SWINDON we're top of the league!

The Doc!
Black is Black, We want our Paolo back Jed is Jed' We are the Champions in Red, Wray o Wray We really want you to stay Get in the ground Make an almighty sound Swindon Boys We will make all the noise Fight for the Town So we can win the Crown Stick together For ever and ever! We are SWINDON we're top of the league! The Doc! Doctor red
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