Former Swindon Town boss Scott Lindsey said that he felt that he was never truly accepted during his time as head coach at the County Ground.

Lindsey was in charge at Town for six months in 2022, winning a third of his matches having taken over from Ben Garner, and had Swindon in the playoff mix, but decided to leave for Crawley Town in January.

Following a New Year’s Day defeat to Colchester United, Swindon were sixth in the League Two table, having played more games than most teams around them, but Lindsey decided it was the right time for him to move on.

He decided to move to a Crawley side that were struggling at the other end of the table, having already had Kevin Betsy, Matthew Etherington, and Lewis Young in charge that season.

Speaking to BBC 5 Live after he took Crawley to the League Two playoff final against Crewe Alexandra, Lindsey reflected on his time at Swindon and said that he never really felt at home during his time in Wiltshire.

He said: “I think at Swindon it was slightly different because they had had some success the season before with Ben Garner getting them into the playoffs.

“Ben left to go to Charlton and I was his assistant and I could have gone to Charlton with him, but Swindon said they wanted to give me the head coach job, which I was always going to take.

“I think Swindon fans probably looked at me as the cheap option, which was right, albeit I did do well there, we were in the playoffs the whole time I was there.

“We had a good side, a really young team, but we played some good football, but it was a hard gig to win the fans over.

“I just don’t think they bought into me whatsoever, which was fine, and I just didn’t feel it there. I knew it was always going to go one way, so I decided to leave.

“Crawley showed an interest in me and I saw it as a challenge, we were in a precarious position down the bottom end of the table and I thought it could be a challenge for me.

“I felt it was a football club where I could put my own stamp on it and I could go in and change the mentality, change the culture and coach the team.”