SWINDON TOWN: Interim bosses keen on 50-50 split

Joint interim boss Darren Ward

Joint interim boss Darren Ward

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DARREN Ward and Tommy Miller will split managerial responsibilities evenly as they look to steer Swindon Town to promotion to League One.

The duo were put in joint caretaker charge of the Robins on Wednesday after Paolo Di Canio quit Town, taking the majority of his backroom team with him, and will lead the club for the first time when Preston visit the County Ground this weekend.

Ward has promised that the pair will remain open and honest with each other during the period they hold the reins at Swindon as they try to finish the job started by Di Canio & Co.

“It’s 50-50 as far as I’m concerned. We’ve had a good chat and we’re going to have to be very transparent, open and honest with each other because of everything which is coming,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to it and it’s something to get our teeth into.

“The work done from the previous management was superb. This is why we’re here.

“The hardest part when you get to the top is staying there. The lads are well-drilled, it’s good discipline and that’s what we’ve got to keep going.

“We’ll have a look at it. We’ve got to assess how the players are feeling because we’ve had quite a busy schedule and we’ve got one coming up. We’ve got to assess what’s right for the team and the club.

“It’s quite busy but not anything I’m not used to. I’m enjoying it together with Tommy, who’s obviously a capable guy, he’s had a very good career and he’s an experienced player.

“We’re taking this on and seeing how it goes. I’ve not known Tommy personally for very long but I’ve played against him many times and I know a lot of good things about him as a player and as an individual. “I’m really looking forward to it, I’m quite excited to be honest.”

Ward praised his colleagues for their togetherness in adversity this week, and urged Town not to look further than the game against North End on Saturday.

He said: “There was quite a lot of confusion leading up to it.

“It’s hard to talk about it really because we didn’t really know what was going on.

“Your mind is going mad, there’s a lot of games coming up, we had an important game at Tranmere and it was a fantastic performance. To keep the discipline under the circumstances was amazing and credit to everyone there.

“Our job is to keep this going.

“What we’ve got to do is to concentrate on Saturday’s game. It’s a great opportunity for us after the midweek win to get three points.

“With everything happening quite quickly is concentrate on Saturday’s game and take it from there.”

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7:57am Fri 22 Feb 13

smirg kcab says...

Put a cardboard cut out of di canio outside the dugout job done.
Good luck rather see you both than some of the muppets who's listed.
Look forward to the game.
Been told Preston have sold over 1,000 so far.
I'm begging all fans to turn out in droves after all win 14 and we will be champions.
Saying that I can see the reason why they won't want to come, after the pantomime from the last couple of months. Clowns come to mind
Put a cardboard cut out of di canio outside the dugout job done. Good luck rather see you both than some of the muppets who's listed. Look forward to the game. Been told Preston have sold over 1,000 so far. I'm begging all fans to turn out in droves after all win 14 and we will be champions. Saying that I can see the reason why they won't want to come, after the pantomime from the last couple of months. Clowns come to mind smirg kcab
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8:28am Fri 22 Feb 13

BurtBacharach says...

I'm going to throw this out there. I think we need both of you on the pitch.

But I think one of you should be off pitch and one of you should be on pitch.

It'll give you both a better perspective at H/T and F/T
I'm going to throw this out there. I think we need both of you on the pitch. But I think one of you should be off pitch and one of you should be on pitch. It'll give you both a better perspective at H/T and F/T BurtBacharach
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9:10am Fri 22 Feb 13

Rebel_phish says...

Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity.

As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive.

Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out.
Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity. As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive. Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out. Rebel_phish
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10:50am Fri 22 Feb 13

mancrobin says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity.

As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive.

Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out.
Agreed. It's only sensible way it can work.
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity. As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive. Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out.[/p][/quote]Agreed. It's only sensible way it can work. mancrobin
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10:55am Fri 22 Feb 13

deviant in the tupping pen says...

Promotion to League 1? I thought we were there already! What with everything else going on, have I missed something?!
Promotion to League 1? I thought we were there already! What with everything else going on, have I missed something?! deviant in the tupping pen
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11:10am Fri 22 Feb 13

avo says...

GOOD LUCK GUYS! COYR
GOOD LUCK GUYS! COYR avo
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11:28am Fri 22 Feb 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

Very good, mature handling of the media. Now he hasn't picked that up from here!!!!!
Very good, mature handling of the media. Now he hasn't picked that up from here!!!!! Psychedelic Syd
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6:16pm Fri 22 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

Rebel_phish wrote:
Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity.

As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive.

Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out.
I had mentioned Ward & Ferry as joint interim player managers but the thought of everyone copying Ferry's pants alone run round the pitch as an end of match celebration changed my mind! :-)
[quote][p][bold]Rebel_phish[/bold] wrote: Glad to see the both of you given the chance. As the idea was tabled from the players, it shows solidarity. As said by Burt, I also feel that someone should be in the dugout. There is also the matter of the captaincy. As much as I love Simon, as much as he seems to revel with the armband, his maturity, 3 people in charge on the field may be counter-productive. Personally, I'd like to see Darren with the armband and Tommy on the touch-line, though I'm sure they'll work it out.[/p][/quote]I had mentioned Ward & Ferry as joint interim player managers but the thought of everyone copying Ferry's pants alone run round the pitch as an end of match celebration changed my mind! :-) SAPFanSTFC
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