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SWINDON TOWN: I've never known a week like it, says McEveley
JAY McEveley has never come across a week quite like the one Swindon Town have just experienced, and he doesn’t think he ever will again.
The defender and his teammates have read, watched and listened in amazement as manager Paolo Di Canio and then his entire backroom staff quit the County Ground, celebrated reaching the top of the League One table at Tranmere last Tuesday, found themselves being led by experienced pros Danny Ward and Tommy Miller and ended the week with a new boss after the sale of the club to a consortium fronted by Jed McCrory was ratified on Thursday.
All in all that makes for a pretty hectic few days – the likes of which McEveley feels are incredibly rare in any footballer’s career.
“I don’t think you’ll ever hear of anything like that again.
“It was a pretty hectic week but fair play to the lads, we’ve all stuck together and we’ve got four points out of two difficult games – Tranmere away and Preston.
“You look at the team sheet and you look around at training and it does look light compared to what we have had for most of the season.
“It’s up to the new owners and the new gaffers to see where they need to strengthen and get a few more bodies in if they can.
“They (Miller and Ward) have handled it very well.
“It’s been hectic for them trying to sort things out, trying to get what they want to do across and they’ve been trying to prepare themselves for the game as well. I thought they handled themselves very well.
“People have got their own rituals, their own superstitions. Friday you’d probably sit on the couch all day and rest up but for Tommy and Wardy they’ve probably trained in the morning, had some dinner and been here preparing for the game instead of resting up – which they’ve probably done all their careers.
“It’s a difference in that way but they’re experienced enough and they’re good enough players to deal with it.”
McEveley was satisfied with a point against Preston, though he felt Town had enough chances to claim all three.
“Their position in the table probably doesn’t do them justice, they’re very solid and they’ve just got a new manager in and they’re on a high.
“I can see them taking points off people,” he said.
“We’re on top, we’ve just got to learn to be more clinical and take chances a bit better . Some of them are quite difficult chances but we keep fighting, we’ll never give up and we’ll always go right until the end.
“Maybe a couple more minutes of injury time would have given us the chance to get a winner.
“We’ve tried to keep everything the same.
“We realise we’ve got to where we are through what we’ve been doing.
“Training has been similar to what we’ve been doing, we’ve made sure we go through everything that we’ve been going through for the first half of the season and we’ll carry on as normal.”