SWINDON TOWN: Boss expects January interest in youngsters

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town manager Mark Cooper Town manager Mark Cooper

MARK Cooper feels it would be “natural and normal” for Swindon Town to receive approaches for their talented young players in January.

Director of football Lee Power has said he expects clubs to coming knocking on his door for Massimo Luongo when the January transfer window opens, but Cooper suggested that the Australian may not be the only member of his squad attracting attention from elsewhere.

Therefore, the Town boss is preparing himself for plenty of inquiries for some of his most prized assets in the new year.

“If Massimo plays to the level he has been then of course that’s going to happen - that’s natural and normal because he’s produced a string of performances that are of a very high standard - as have a lot of the other boys,” he said.

“He’s been very consistent of late and I would think Lee’s not far off with that statement and he will have people come in for him. I would think, with the way they’re playing, clubs will be interested in quite a few of them.”

Four months into his tenure as Swindon manager, Cooper is starting to feel as though his youthful squad is understanding the task at hand.

“They’re starting to realise what being at a League One club is like and playing in senior football and an understanding that we have to have a way of playing and we want to excite people, but we also have to get results,” he said.

“The tricky part has been trying to tie it all together to make sure we play how we want to and give ourselves a chance of getting a result - I think we’re slowly coming to terms with that.”

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9:38am Tue 10 Dec 13

LeGod says...

i dont like all the suggestive comments that there is going to be interest in our players. Yes there are bigger clubs out there and some of our players are destined to play the next step up but alot of them are still learning to cope with L1 football. It could be a wrong move at this moment in time to make a step up, to me they should at least see out this season with us as it could all backfire on them if they moved and if its to the wrong club and wrong style of football they move into they could be sat on the bench for a long time.
The grass is always greener as they say but a few of them need to really establish theirselves more if not getting promoted with us or moving on.
Worryingly we are hearing too many headlines lately of potential clubs looking at our players and its only natural thet they will get looked at as we are playing some good stuff but i go back to what ive already said move to the wrong style of football and they will be nothing. Kasim at Luton was non existent as they played hoof ball and alot of our players can fit into a team that play that way. I hate the transfer windows as no doubt something is going to happen with a couple of players with all these headlines and no doubt talks are going on with some clubs already.
i dont like all the suggestive comments that there is going to be interest in our players. Yes there are bigger clubs out there and some of our players are destined to play the next step up but alot of them are still learning to cope with L1 football. It could be a wrong move at this moment in time to make a step up, to me they should at least see out this season with us as it could all backfire on them if they moved and if its to the wrong club and wrong style of football they move into they could be sat on the bench for a long time. The grass is always greener as they say but a few of them need to really establish theirselves more if not getting promoted with us or moving on. Worryingly we are hearing too many headlines lately of potential clubs looking at our players and its only natural thet they will get looked at as we are playing some good stuff but i go back to what ive already said move to the wrong style of football and they will be nothing. Kasim at Luton was non existent as they played hoof ball and alot of our players can fit into a team that play that way. I hate the transfer windows as no doubt something is going to happen with a couple of players with all these headlines and no doubt talks are going on with some clubs already. LeGod

10:48am Tue 10 Dec 13

mike1990 says...

The way we go on about selling players,anyone would think we're skink lol.
The way we go on about selling players,anyone would think we're skink lol. mike1990

11:15am Tue 10 Dec 13

Shaggy1968 says...

Very clever from power?? obviously deals are already going on or we are skint and this is a cry to other teams to come and get them as we need the money, mr power you said the other day about you would want promotion to the championship??? surley selling or attempting to sell our best players this will not happen and you are clearly telling porky pies, we need a settled side not a side that you are going to tear apart this could bite you in the backside, and mr cooper this could also cost you.................
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Very clever from power?? obviously deals are already going on or we are skint and this is a cry to other teams to come and get them as we need the money, mr power you said the other day about you would want promotion to the championship??? surley selling or attempting to sell our best players this will not happen and you are clearly telling porky pies, we need a settled side not a side that you are going to tear apart this could bite you in the backside, and mr cooper this could also cost you................. ...... Shaggy1968

12:26pm Tue 10 Dec 13

LeGod says...

Sounds to me like we want to get other clubs interested in our players to get some cash in too much talking on this issue for my liking so were we told the truth last week????????????????
Sounds to me like we want to get other clubs interested in our players to get some cash in too much talking on this issue for my liking so were we told the truth last week???????????????? LeGod

12:27pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Helpme234 says...

I know it's Xmas but we do seem to be blatantly marketing here. Either softening us up for when the sales start or (hopefully) preparing the way for some praise when we hang onto those names being mentioned in the local press.
I know it's Xmas but we do seem to be blatantly marketing here. Either softening us up for when the sales start or (hopefully) preparing the way for some praise when we hang onto those names being mentioned in the local press. Helpme234

12:39pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mike1990 says...

January Sale at the County Ground,buy one get one free and 0% Finance,also our new nickname is Powers Paupers.
January Sale at the County Ground,buy one get one free and 0% Finance,also our new nickname is Powers Paupers. mike1990

2:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

who am i says...

I'm not saying anything in case of the dreaded thumbs down. Oops there's another one lol.
I'm not saying anything in case of the dreaded thumbs down. Oops there's another one lol. who am i

2:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

the wizard says...

The focus on selling players should revolve around Troy, Navarro, Williams, Rooney and Cox if he is still here. These are the guys who are crippling this club on the cash front. Without them on the books everyone else is affordable.
The focus on selling players should revolve around Troy, Navarro, Williams, Rooney and Cox if he is still here. These are the guys who are crippling this club on the cash front. Without them on the books everyone else is affordable. the wizard

3:32pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hampshire_ReD says...

Assuming that Foderingham, N.Thompson and Pritchard are off to Bore-mouth, and Luongo is leaving too.. it makes you wonder where we can replace these players.

What do we do if Spurs decide they don't want to send us the rest of their youth team to fill in the gaps ?

Given the marketing of decent young players going on... surely the club should be pushing equally hard for the cheapest offloads of Navarro & Cox ?
Assuming that Foderingham, N.Thompson and Pritchard are off to Bore-mouth, and Luongo is leaving too.. it makes you wonder where we can replace these players. What do we do if Spurs decide they don't want to send us the rest of their youth team to fill in the gaps ? Given the marketing of decent young players going on... surely the club should be pushing equally hard for the cheapest offloads of Navarro & Cox ? Hampshire_ReD

3:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also.
Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also. Oi Den!

5:51pm Tue 10 Dec 13

the wizard says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also.
Den, I'm very sorry to say it, and hopefully I'm wrong, but Troy is an expensive sick note. I would love LR to work out his costs per minute on the pitch for us. Staggering comes to mind, and he is only half way through his three year contract. Williams may have been a huge disapointment as some keep telling us, but by and large he has managed to keep fit for most of his tenure here. Would love him to find form again, but Troy has looked nervous from his first game here. I still think his last club did a bit of a number on us and of course if stories are true he never had a medical before he joined us. Don't care who was responsible for that, just hope they are no longer here.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also.[/p][/quote]Den, I'm very sorry to say it, and hopefully I'm wrong, but Troy is an expensive sick note. I would love LR to work out his costs per minute on the pitch for us. Staggering comes to mind, and he is only half way through his three year contract. Williams may have been a huge disapointment as some keep telling us, but by and large he has managed to keep fit for most of his tenure here. Would love him to find form again, but Troy has looked nervous from his first game here. I still think his last club did a bit of a number on us and of course if stories are true he never had a medical before he joined us. Don't care who was responsible for that, just hope they are no longer here. the wizard

12:53pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Swindon1984 says...

Hampshire_ReD wrote:
Assuming that Foderingham, N.Thompson and Pritchard are off to Bore-mouth, and Luongo is leaving too.. it makes you wonder where we can replace these players. What do we do if Spurs decide they don't want to send us the rest of their youth team to fill in the gaps ? Given the marketing of decent young players going on... surely the club should be pushing equally hard for the cheapest offloads of Navarro & Cox ?
That first sentence is a big assumption to make.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire_ReD[/bold] wrote: Assuming that Foderingham, N.Thompson and Pritchard are off to Bore-mouth, and Luongo is leaving too.. it makes you wonder where we can replace these players. What do we do if Spurs decide they don't want to send us the rest of their youth team to fill in the gaps ? Given the marketing of decent young players going on... surely the club should be pushing equally hard for the cheapest offloads of Navarro & Cox ?[/p][/quote]That first sentence is a big assumption to make. Swindon1984

12:55pm Wed 11 Dec 13

The Jockster says...

the wizard wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also.
Den, I'm very sorry to say it, and hopefully I'm wrong, but Troy is an expensive sick note. I would love LR to work out his costs per minute on the pitch for us. Staggering comes to mind, and he is only half way through his three year contract. Williams may have been a huge disapointment as some keep telling us, but by and large he has managed to keep fit for most of his tenure here. Would love him to find form again, but Troy has looked nervous from his first game here. I still think his last club did a bit of a number on us and of course if stories are true he never had a medical before he joined us. Don't care who was responsible for that, just hope they are no longer here.
The currant bun today says Reading & Brighton are after Luongo in January window!
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Navarro is crocked and apparently about to retire. Rooney (L) is on his bike and will play football only part time elsewhere. Power seems to think highly of Archibald-Henvile, so that just leaves Cox and Williams of Wiz's 5. I would think those two are being moved towards the door but of course Williams is crocked also.[/p][/quote]Den, I'm very sorry to say it, and hopefully I'm wrong, but Troy is an expensive sick note. I would love LR to work out his costs per minute on the pitch for us. Staggering comes to mind, and he is only half way through his three year contract. Williams may have been a huge disapointment as some keep telling us, but by and large he has managed to keep fit for most of his tenure here. Would love him to find form again, but Troy has looked nervous from his first game here. I still think his last club did a bit of a number on us and of course if stories are true he never had a medical before he joined us. Don't care who was responsible for that, just hope they are no longer here.[/p][/quote]The currant bun today says Reading & Brighton are after Luongo in January window! The Jockster

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