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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper happy to be winning fans over
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper has said the fans’ early anxieties over the way the club was heading were understandable, but he hopes his summer transfer dealings have shown that the Robins mean business in League One this term.
Following the release of several senior members of last season’s squad and the consequent sales of a number of others, many supporters were nervous of what chairman Jed McCrory, director of football operations Lee Power and Cooper were trying to put together at the County Ground.
Three months later, however, Town have assembled a cast of dynamic, youthful players complemented by the experience of one or two who have been around the block in the Football League.
And Cooper is hopeful Swindon’s fans can now see the overall picture.
“I understand in a way why people were not doing somersaults at the start,” he told the Advertiser last night. “I understand that completely. You just hope that when you do do things right, like we have done, they say ‘hang a minute, we got it wrong and it looks as though he may be able to do the job’.
“It’s still early days yet and we’ve got a long way to go.”
“I’m enjoying it. It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed the players, they’ve been fantastic. They’ve taken everything on board.
“Hopefully we keep on getting results and not prove people wrong but do it for ourselves and show people we can do the job.
“We always knew we were going to have to be patient to get the right type of players at the right price. We’ve not made any secret of that. I’ve said all along that they would have to fit into what we’re trying to do.
“We knew we’d have a few games where we were a bit threadbare in terms of the squad, but we’ve managed to get through it pretty well and come out of it with what’s been a half-decent start.
“Looking now, we look as though we’ve got a half-decent squad together.”
Cooper was delighted to secure the signing of Dany N’Guessan after a four-week pursuit of the forward, who had his contract at Millwall torn up by mutual consent.
“He’s good technically, he’s physical, he’s got a bit of pace about him and he can score goals. He gives us the option playing out wide or down the middle,” said the Town boss. “If you’ve got Nile Ranger, Miles (Storey) and N’Guessan you have people who can play in both positions. He’s a bit of a luxury for us.
“He gives us experience as well. Darren Ward knows him well from Millwall and Darren gave him a good reference and that was key.
“If Darren gives somebody a good reference we know they must be a decent character.”
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