Targets identified by Town

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper Mark Cooper

LEE Power and Mark Cooper have identified a handful of ‘realistic’ transfer targets as they look to add to the Swindon Town squad in January.

Director of football Power and manager Cooper communicate regularly regarding potential incomings at the County Ground and after watching a host of games a list of targets has been drawn up.

The January transfer window opens in a little over two weeks and Cooper is hopeful Power, who took over ownership of the club from former chairman Jed McCrory last week, will allow him to add to his squad.

Cooper knows a certain type of player is required to fit into Town’s footballing philosophy, but also is well-aware that any incoming players must also make sense financially as the club looks to become self-sufficient.

“We’re looking at players although we are a bit different because we need a certain ilk or type of player,” he said.

“We are looking though and hopefully we can add to the squad in January, I’m sure Lee (Power, owner) will make sure that happens.

“We have targets and Lee and myself have sat down and been to watch games and there are one or two we have identified which we believe we have a realistic chance of getting. It’s hard to get them over the line now but we have to be patient and wait.

“All I know is that if we can afford players then we will go and get them and if we can’t then we will stick with what we’ve got, because there is no point bringing them in if they’re not better than what we’ve got.

“We have a football club which is going to be self-sufficient in the summer and we are all heading in the right direction, so we should be positive.”

While Cooper is keen to add to his squad he knows there is a chance he may lose players, but the Town boss is not going to moan if players do depart.

“Nicky Ajose’s loan is up as well as Mohamed El Gabas’ contract so we have one or two we may lose and we would need to look to replace them,” he said.

“They’ve both done great since they’ve been here but you have to cut your cloth accordingly.

“I don’t really get too high or low about it because it’s one of those things you have to deal with as a manager. It’s no good moaning because I know the situation and the most important thing is the football club.”

Town travel to Sheffield United today and, as reported by the Advertiser yesterday, Nile Ranger is unlikely to be involved due to continued concerns about the striker’s behaviour.

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7:22am Sat 14 Dec 13

stfc2012 says...

I suspect a busy window, unsurprisingly. Never knowing what will happen to some of the spurs lads makes it a bit trickier but I suspect behind the scenes they already know most of the out ones. Despite last minutes deals, many are done months in advance with just the details to be sorted come Jan. I cannot see Fods staying - If he does then fair play. He needs first team action that is for sure. Around a million would be good for Luongo and return a nice profit on him in a few months. Spurs would be happy as the only reason he is now worth money is because he is under contract and not in their reserves - they will benefit from the sale. We clearly need a striker as Ranger ain't happening. Take that as a mistake made. CB needed although under his loan agreement Hall most likely has to start if fit and I would say Wardy is also a bit shakey in this system. The style we play makes us an attractive option for prem loans and the type of player can easily slot in to the system, which is similar to a youth team or prem team approach. Some of these players look bad when they get kicked about and thrown in to a 442 in the lower leagues. They lose confidence as expectations from fans due to the pedigree of the parent club are unrealistic. At stfc it seems to have a positive effect grouping them together although we could do with a few more leaders. Looking forward to the window and hopefully 3 away points today,
I suspect a busy window, unsurprisingly. Never knowing what will happen to some of the spurs lads makes it a bit trickier but I suspect behind the scenes they already know most of the out ones. Despite last minutes deals, many are done months in advance with just the details to be sorted come Jan. I cannot see Fods staying - If he does then fair play. He needs first team action that is for sure. Around a million would be good for Luongo and return a nice profit on him in a few months. Spurs would be happy as the only reason he is now worth money is because he is under contract and not in their reserves - they will benefit from the sale. We clearly need a striker as Ranger ain't happening. Take that as a mistake made. CB needed although under his loan agreement Hall most likely has to start if fit and I would say Wardy is also a bit shakey in this system. The style we play makes us an attractive option for prem loans and the type of player can easily slot in to the system, which is similar to a youth team or prem team approach. Some of these players look bad when they get kicked about and thrown in to a 442 in the lower leagues. They lose confidence as expectations from fans due to the pedigree of the parent club are unrealistic. At stfc it seems to have a positive effect grouping them together although we could do with a few more leaders. Looking forward to the window and hopefully 3 away points today, stfc2012

7:51am Sat 14 Dec 13

Townend80 says...

I thought it was only a 2 game ban for Byrne ?
I thought it was only a 2 game ban for Byrne ? Townend80

8:41am Sat 14 Dec 13

Robinonfire says...

New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.
New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench. Robinonfire

10:00am Sat 14 Dec 13

Oi Den! says...

More sense and realism from Cooper. It seems we at last have a combination of chairman and manager who both understand what they are supposed to be doing.
More sense and realism from Cooper. It seems we at last have a combination of chairman and manager who both understand what they are supposed to be doing. Oi Den!

11:27am Sat 14 Dec 13

glenda hoddle says...

Robinonfire wrote:
New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.
Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.
[quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.[/p][/quote]Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here. glenda hoddle

11:36am Sat 14 Dec 13

avo says...

I'm one of those realistic targets by the way. Not blowing my own trumpet here, but you heard it here first ;-)
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COYR - having gone to this fixture last year, I had no desire to go again today. But I'll be cheering you on from my armchair!
I'm one of those realistic targets by the way. Not blowing my own trumpet here, but you heard it here first ;-) . COYR - having gone to this fixture last year, I had no desire to go again today. But I'll be cheering you on from my armchair! avo

11:36am Sat 14 Dec 13

Rednwhitewalrus699 says...

glenda hoddle wrote:
Robinonfire wrote:
New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.
Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.
why glenda?, not only is it true but it is somebody's honest opinion, you don't like it so get off your high horse and explain why. I think your post is one of the worst because you're denying somebody of having an opinion without providing a counter argument and reasoning. I give up with some on here.
[quote][p][bold]glenda hoddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.[/p][/quote]Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.[/p][/quote]why glenda?, not only is it true but it is somebody's honest opinion, you don't like it so get off your high horse and explain why. I think your post is one of the worst because you're denying somebody of having an opinion without providing a counter argument and reasoning. I give up with some on here. Rednwhitewalrus699

12:18pm Sat 14 Dec 13

stanharlands6shirt says...

I am told that Bristol City have now been watching/tracking Sam Jordon at Bradford Town since early November. 50 PLUS GOALS ALREADY THIS SEASON.
A much lower league, step 6 ?; but with our recent record of looking at players from the lower divisions who could perhaps join the squad, this boy would not cost us a fortune, but MIGHT yield one and score goals on route. With Ajose,and Rangers futures not settled, has to be worth the look.
Many good players have been unearthed in these lower leagues, AND THIS ONE IS RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP !
I am told that Bristol City have now been watching/tracking Sam Jordon at Bradford Town since early November. 50 PLUS GOALS ALREADY THIS SEASON. A much lower league, step 6 ?; but with our recent record of looking at players from the lower divisions who could perhaps join the squad, this boy would not cost us a fortune, but MIGHT yield one and score goals on route. With Ajose,and Rangers futures not settled, has to be worth the look. Many good players have been unearthed in these lower leagues, AND THIS ONE IS RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEP ! stanharlands6shirt

12:18pm Sat 14 Dec 13

buckobassettboy says...

glenda hoddle wrote:
Robinonfire wrote:
New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.
Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.
I agree-should be much further than the bench.Just how many goals the twin peaks of Ward and Hall have been responsible for beggars belief.Wards legs have gone-patently obvious-and if we are in the transfer mix in January then 2 defenders are a must.Who might be available is the problem and while that is the case we have no option but to play these 2 and continue to ship goals-certainly whilst we play to this system.With an ageing centreback who has no pace you need a sweeper-well thats how it used to be done.Serie A teams got longevity out of centrebacks playing this system-however we are talking quality players which unfortunately is not the case at STFC
[quote][p][bold]glenda hoddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.[/p][/quote]Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.[/p][/quote]I agree-should be much further than the bench.Just how many goals the twin peaks of Ward and Hall have been responsible for beggars belief.Wards legs have gone-patently obvious-and if we are in the transfer mix in January then 2 defenders are a must.Who might be available is the problem and while that is the case we have no option but to play these 2 and continue to ship goals-certainly whilst we play to this system.With an ageing centreback who has no pace you need a sweeper-well thats how it used to be done.Serie A teams got longevity out of centrebacks playing this system-however we are talking quality players which unfortunately is not the case at STFC buckobassettboy

1:20pm Sat 14 Dec 13

dazzastfc says...

buckobassettboy wrote:
glenda hoddle wrote:
Robinonfire wrote:
New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.
Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.
I agree-should be much further than the bench.Just how many goals the twin peaks of Ward and Hall have been responsible for beggars belief.Wards legs have gone-patently obvious-and if we are in the transfer mix in January then 2 defenders are a must.Who might be available is the problem and while that is the case we have no option but to play these 2 and continue to ship goals-certainly whilst we play to this system.With an ageing centreback who has no pace you need a sweeper-well thats how it used to be done.Serie A teams got longevity out of centrebacks playing this system-however we are talking quality players which unfortunately is not the case at STFC
I think he meant the bench in the changing rooms..

Way to slow gives away loads of silly free kicks and blames others for his mistakes...
No way near the quality that some think...

Anyway today we will WIN 3.1..

COME ON SWINDON
[quote][p][bold]buckobassettboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]glenda hoddle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robinonfire[/bold] wrote: New centre back needed..... Ward needs to move to the bench.[/p][/quote]Ward to the bench. that is one of the worst statments ever on this site. Igive up with some on here.[/p][/quote]I agree-should be much further than the bench.Just how many goals the twin peaks of Ward and Hall have been responsible for beggars belief.Wards legs have gone-patently obvious-and if we are in the transfer mix in January then 2 defenders are a must.Who might be available is the problem and while that is the case we have no option but to play these 2 and continue to ship goals-certainly whilst we play to this system.With an ageing centreback who has no pace you need a sweeper-well thats how it used to be done.Serie A teams got longevity out of centrebacks playing this system-however we are talking quality players which unfortunately is not the case at STFC[/p][/quote]I think he meant the bench in the changing rooms.. Way to slow gives away loads of silly free kicks and blames others for his mistakes... No way near the quality that some think... Anyway today we will WIN 3.1.. COME ON SWINDON dazzastfc

1:54pm Sat 14 Dec 13

avo says...

Last year we were like frightened rabbits in the headlights at their place. Also, big away following with carp vocal support. I dearly hope both are rectified today, but I'm not overly optimistic tbh.
Last year we were like frightened rabbits in the headlights at their place. Also, big away following with carp vocal support. I dearly hope both are rectified today, but I'm not overly optimistic tbh. avo

3:06pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Steve. Brentford says...

avo wrote:
Last year we were like frightened rabbits in the headlights at their place. Also, big away following with carp vocal support. I dearly hope both are rectified today, but I'm not overly optimistic tbh.
Them carp can get vocal cant they mate ;O)
[quote][p][bold]avo[/bold] wrote: Last year we were like frightened rabbits in the headlights at their place. Also, big away following with carp vocal support. I dearly hope both are rectified today, but I'm not overly optimistic tbh.[/p][/quote]Them carp can get vocal cant they mate ;O) Steve. Brentford

1:39am Mon 16 Dec 13

Fernham Red says...

Jennings from Macclesfield would be a fine addition, we've all had the opportunity to see what he can do. Will be interesting to see if Miles and Kayden end up featuring post our January shake up.... No doubts N'Guessan's goal ratio would have attracted attention, Ajose keeps grabbing the odd headline and Ranger's future has always been a question mark - we need to be careful we don't lose all 3 or we'll need our 'future prospects' to deliver sooner rather than later.
Jennings from Macclesfield would be a fine addition, we've all had the opportunity to see what he can do. Will be interesting to see if Miles and Kayden end up featuring post our January shake up.... No doubts N'Guessan's goal ratio would have attracted attention, Ajose keeps grabbing the odd headline and Ranger's future has always been a question mark - we need to be careful we don't lose all 3 or we'll need our 'future prospects' to deliver sooner rather than later. Fernham Red

7:26am Mon 16 Dec 13

Helpme234 says...

Between the opposition goal posts would be a good target to start off with
Between the opposition goal posts would be a good target to start off with Helpme234

4:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

harrymorris says...

Come on Swindon

Don't let the Briz get Sam Jordan ahead of us.
Come on Swindon Don't let the Briz get Sam Jordan ahead of us. harrymorris

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