Salford City manager Karl Robinson said that he doesn’t think he would ever even be interviewed for the Swindon Town job despite starting out with the club.

Robinson played for Swindon as a teenager and has previously admitted that he is still in touch with his landlady from that time.

However, he has since gone on to manage Oxford United and he believes that connection would prevent him from ever being considered for the vacancy at the County Ground.

He said: “I don’t think I will ever get interviewed for the Swindon job now that I have managed Oxford United.

“I don’t think it is something that the fans would ever accept, an Oxford United manager managing here.

“I have no issues [with Swindon], the first three years of my young life and everything I am as a person has probably come from here.

“But football takes you on journeys and moments where you become the villain at certain stages.

“If you live around here you know that Swindon-Oxford is not the prettiest of derbies and there are very few that have made that switch across.

“In the future, nobody knows what is around any corner, but I am not too sure whether the Oxford connection will always come into the owner’s decision.”

However, Robinson did say that he was impressed by the early work of the current incumbent Gavin Gunning and feels that Swindon will be a very different challenge for the rest of the season.

He said: “But you have got to give credit to the opposition, I am not going to come to you and tell you a lie and say ‘We were brilliant and we should have got more than we got’, we got more than we probably deserve today.

“That is the best a team has played against us, and they have got some wonderful players, who have played at a much higher level.

“That is not the same Swindon team that teams would have played through the course of the season.

“There are multiple players that they have brought in and they have a really good squad now.

“I have known Gavin since he was 16 or 17 at Blackburn [Rovers] and I have known Mildy [Steve Mildenhall] since he was 16 or 17, so it is nice to see people who are running the club from a coaching perspective, working with some good young players.”