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Robins number two praises MacDonald's man-management skills
NEW Swindon number two Mark Cooper believes manager Kevin MacDonald’s man-management skills hold the key as the pair look to secure promotion from League One.
The duo took training for the first time on Friday morning, and the following day oversaw Town’s dramatic 2-1 comeback victory away at Coventry.
Former Peterborough boss Cooper believes MacDonald has all the tools necessary to be a success in management, but highlighted his ability to encourage and reassure his players as his major strength.
“Kevin has got the ability to treat the players like human beings, and he gets the message across that if you give him everything you’ve got you will be alright, no matter if you make mistakes,” he said. “As long as you give everything you’ve got he will be happy.
“If everyone understands that I don’t think there will be any problems, and I’m sure he will do well. Nathan Thompson proved that on Saturday, because after the mistake early on he bounced back and did really well.”
Cooper left his role as boss of AFC Telford to assist MacDonald at the County Ground, and he has no thoughts of managing again in the near future.
“I’m here as an assistant to Kevin and I’m happy where I am, so let’s see what happens,” he said.
“I’m happy to be here and learning from someone with Kevin’s experience, he has been at a big club at Aston Villa and brought through some great players, and I’m looking forward to learning from him.”
Cooper was a senior pro at Hartlepool while Tommy Miller was a youngster at Victoria Park and, despite not knowing any other members of the Town squad personally, he is well aware of the talent the squad possesses.
“I’ve come across a lot of them and knew a lot of the players having seen them play lots of times, and you do your homework because when you are out watching games you see a lot of players. So I think I knew every player,” he said.
Both MacDonald and Cooper are already planning to attend games on a regular basis in a bid to identify transfer targets, but the Advertiser understands the club are not in a position to make any loan signings this week due to a transfer embargo imposed while financial issues regarding the recent takeover at Town are ironed out.