Swindon Town have announced that former England Under-19 coach Marcus Bignot will be the club's new assistant head coach.

Town have announced the make-up of Mark Kennedy's backroom staff for the forthcoming season, with Bignot arriving to assist him, in addition to Gavin Gunning stepping into the first team full-time and Steve Mildenhall remaining as goalkeeping coach.

Bignot had a successful playing career that included stints with Queens Park Rangers and Millwall, retiring in 2016, although he had already begun his coaching career prior to that by being player-assistant manager at Solihull Moors.

He has since held roles with a number of clubs, managing Grimsby Town, Chester, and Guiseley, and has most recently been assistant manager at Shrewsbury Town under Matt Taylor.

The 49-year-old has also held roles within the England youth set-up, coaching the under-18s before becoming assistant manager to the under-19s, working alongside former Plymouth Argyle boss Ian Foster, as they won the European Championship in 2022.

Following his appointment, Bignot said: "I'm delighted to be here and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"There's a real opportunity here to be successful and what that looks like is we are pulling in the same direction then we will have success which we ultimately finish next season with promotion, which we're really excited about as a project.

"There are clubs at various levels who reach their ceiling, but I think many people in football will agree, that Swindon has been higher in the pyramid and is synonymous with competing in the higher divisions and we want to be part of the team that helps this club achieve that.

"I've been impressed with conversations I've shared with Mark Kennedy and also the Chairman so far. We're looking forward to getting into pre-season.

"It's important that there is hard work, a real work ethic, and from a football staff perspective, we will look to create an environment where we can develop the players, not only as footballers but as people and also a winning mentality across the football club that finishes with success to the highest level possible."

Elsewhere in the coaching set-up, Gunning has been handed the role of First-Team Pathways Coach, helping to assist with the transition of academy players into the senior side, as was seen last season with the progression of Joel McGregor.

Mildenhall will remain as the goalkeeping coach and he will now work under an eighth different manager since arriving in 2018.