Stuttering Simon set to be given more time to prove himself to Swindon boss

Simon Gustafsson will be given time by Robins' boss Alun Rossiter

Simon Gustafsson will be given time by Robins' boss Alun Rossiter

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

SIMON Gustafsson will be given the chance to prove himself for Swindon Robins this week as question marks remain over his future.

Robins boss Alun Rossiter admitted after his side’s away losses at Wolves and King’s Lynn this week that he was seriously considering the Swede’s position, following a return of only a combined seven points from the two meetings.

However, despite admitting he has identified a couple of possible replacements, Rossiter will not pull the trigger on Gustafsson ahead of this week’s home clash with Leicester and Saturday’s visit to former club Eastbourne.

Instead, the Robins boss will move the Swede to the slightly easier number two spot ahead of the meetings in a bid to try and get the best out of his winter signing.

“I really believed he was going to be the one who could be our trump card because he really has so much talent and potential, it’s just he’s not quite showing it at the moment and I really don’t know why,” Rossiter said.

“Simon has a little bit more time but I have a few irons in the fire of riders I fancy putting in, with maybe a few shocks.

“He’s got a couple more meetings and I’m not threatening him with the sack, but he has Swindon on Thursday (against Leicester) and then certainly Eastbourne to try and start turning his season around.

“I’m concerned, and I should be because he has to be beating the draft riders. I back the riders all the way but you can only back them so far.”

Gustafsson has only managed five heat wins from 40 outings this season, an average of one win very two meetings, and has regularly been beaten by riders graduating from the National League for the 2014 season.

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8:55am Mon 19 May 14

52Chalkie says...

Bit of forked tongue from Rosco there!
Bit of forked tongue from Rosco there! 52Chalkie
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10:24am Mon 19 May 14

Wise man says...

At least he knows where he stands and it's up ti him now.
At least he knows where he stands and it's up ti him now. Wise man
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12:49pm Mon 19 May 14

deano... says...

It sounds like rosco is waiting for a rider to get his equipment ready for over here then a change will be made
It sounds like rosco is waiting for a rider to get his equipment ready for over here then a change will be made deano...
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8:31pm Mon 19 May 14

Di kanny oh says...

Can't see any change in Simon over the next couple of matches his form was poor last season and actually worse this season. Nice lad but just not up to it. Roscoe did take a gamble and I thought Simon would be a trump card like he did but had reservations about Klindt who was bottling out on first bends a few seasons back and look shot of confidence when in traffic. Many fans of other clubs sited this fact about Klindt so he was always under scrutiny but Simon is puzzling can be a decent rider and looked a great prospect a few seasons back but has not moved forward and if anything has gone down hill. Lets hope Roscoe has a decent replacement and is saying we could be shocked ????
Can't see any change in Simon over the next couple of matches his form was poor last season and actually worse this season. Nice lad but just not up to it. Roscoe did take a gamble and I thought Simon would be a trump card like he did but had reservations about Klindt who was bottling out on first bends a few seasons back and look shot of confidence when in traffic. Many fans of other clubs sited this fact about Klindt so he was always under scrutiny but Simon is puzzling can be a decent rider and looked a great prospect a few seasons back but has not moved forward and if anything has gone down hill. Lets hope Roscoe has a decent replacement and is saying we could be shocked ???? Di kanny oh
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8:57pm Mon 19 May 14

longtermrobin says...

Kasper G
Kasper G longtermrobin
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