Robins boss ponders Gustafsson's future

Under fire Swindon Robins rider Simon Gustafsson

Under fire Swindon Robins rider Simon Gustafsson

First published in Sport The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter is now seriously considering the position of second string Simon Gustafsson after another poor showing in the Robins 48-42 loss at King’s Lynn last night.

The Swede could only muster three points from four rides and was beaten by two riders who have graduated from the National League this season, seemingly lacking the desire and passion to fight back.

With little room for manoeuvre, Rossiter knows replacing Gustafsson could prove difficult but, now with time to think about the issue further ahead of next Thursday’s home clash with Leicester, he is only too aware making a change is something he must seriously consider.

“I will have to change the pairings round at least and move Simon down to two but I must admit I’m very frustrated with him now,” Rossiter told the Advertiser.

“There doesn’t look like there’s any fight there and I’m bitterly disappointed with him.

“He has to do better, he’s on a new engine and there’s no excuse.

“I’ll have to seriously look into it but, like I’ve said, there’s no magic wand and I’ll have to pull a rabbit out the hat.

“I can’t let things carry on like that but it’s not good enough.

“I don’t like doing this and I don’t like berating people, but I’ve supported him and he must do better.

“There are one or two riders I think could do a job but it’s too early to do anything yet and I need to be in the right frame of mind.

“We’ve got a week until our next meeting now and that gives me time to get my head clear and look at this.”

Gustafsson has only managed five heat wins in 40 races since joining Swindon from Eastbourne, and has been beaten by fast track reserve riders time and again on his way to 44 points from 10 matches.

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11:01am Thu 15 May 14

Oldswindonian says...

Gollob is at a loose end!
Gollob is at a loose end! Oldswindonian
  • Score: 5

11:56am Thu 15 May 14

wickite says...

So it takes but a split second to dispatch Nicolai Klindt who had improved his average, yet a week to decide on Gustaffson who is just not up to the job. Nearly every Swindon fan I talk to thinks Rosco got rid of the wrong man, yet still week after week we have to pay to watch his massive mistake. Come on Rosco man up and admit you messed up and get someone who not only can ride but above all wants to!!
So it takes but a split second to dispatch Nicolai Klindt who had improved his average, yet a week to decide on Gustaffson who is just not up to the job. Nearly every Swindon fan I talk to thinks Rosco got rid of the wrong man, yet still week after week we have to pay to watch his massive mistake. Come on Rosco man up and admit you messed up and get someone who not only can ride but above all wants to!! wickite
  • Score: 8

8:23pm Thu 15 May 14

Di kanny oh says...

Very surprised that Simon has struggled so badly as I like others thought he would have been our trump card but it is quite clear he looks well out of sorts and yes may be Roscoe took the gamble on two riders that have done well at Blunsdon previously but Klindt had to go as he clearly bottled it on first bends and Simon looks shot and has no fight in him which is a shame as I believe he is much better than this. Roscoe has to change it and as North has proved a great signing and much better now he has a mechanic. Roscoe needs to get this right as too much changing does not help matters but Josh Auty, Stuart Robson would do a decent job I feel or plenty of up and coming overseas riders.
Very surprised that Simon has struggled so badly as I like others thought he would have been our trump card but it is quite clear he looks well out of sorts and yes may be Roscoe took the gamble on two riders that have done well at Blunsdon previously but Klindt had to go as he clearly bottled it on first bends and Simon looks shot and has no fight in him which is a shame as I believe he is much better than this. Roscoe has to change it and as North has proved a great signing and much better now he has a mechanic. Roscoe needs to get this right as too much changing does not help matters but Josh Auty, Stuart Robson would do a decent job I feel or plenty of up and coming overseas riders. Di kanny oh
  • Score: 0

11:09pm Thu 15 May 14

bobbinalong says...

Should Rosco swallow his pride and bring back Klindt in place of Gustaffson? Coming second in the 1st round of the Danish Championship sounds like he's got his self sorted out!
Should Rosco swallow his pride and bring back Klindt in place of Gustaffson? Coming second in the 1st round of the Danish Championship sounds like he's got his self sorted out! bobbinalong
  • Score: 1

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