SWINDON TOWN: Wright opens up about Town job talks

This Is Swindon Town FC: Ian Wright was approached by Swindon Town Ian Wright was approached by Swindon Town

IAN Wright has said he was “flattered” to be approached by Swindon Town regarding the role of manager at the County Ground, but felt his family should come first when making a final decision.

Town had a final shortlist of two to fill the position vacated by Paolo Di Canio last week and eventually the Robins plumped for Kevin MacDonald as their new boss.

However, former Arsenal and England striker Wright was also spoken to – and had he been single there could have been a different face in the dug-out at the Ricoh Arena this weekend when Swindon travel to Coventry.

“I got a call on Monday morning and then all of a sudden I had to start thinking about other things. I had to start thinking about what team you’re going to put together and whether you’re going to do it but in the end I’ve been out of the game so long,” he said on Absolute Radio.

“I’ve been at MK (Dons) with Karl (Robinson) shadowing and trying to learn things and it’s not enough time to go into a club like that and get to get them what they need right now – the promotion.

“I think they’ve got a really, really good man in Kevin MacDonald but it was something I really was enthused about.

“They were really nice people, the guys I spoke to – the chairman and Martin. They had me going.

“My wife wasn’t keen. I explained it to her about how it could be but she’s very good friends with Roberto Di Matteo’s wife, they went to school together, and she’s saying that Roberto was hardly ever about and when he is about he’s zoned into what he’s thinking about.

“I think personally it is a single man’s life really. I’ve got a young family and we’re close and I’ve got two young girls. It would have been a real uprooting vibe for everybody and they’re very young. I just feel that, as flattering as it was, it couldn’t happen.”

Click here to watch Wright's full interview on Absolute Radio this morning.

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12:21pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Bassett Hound says...

Who is Martin?
Who is Martin? Bassett Hound

2:05pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Jeremy Hilary Boob says...

Looks like we dodged a bullet on this one. I can't imagine what the board were thinking of getting Ian Wrong down to the final two.
Looks like we dodged a bullet on this one. I can't imagine what the board were thinking of getting Ian Wrong down to the final two. Jeremy Hilary Boob

2:05pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Kelliz says...

Martin King who was originally down as one of the consortium and was at the Hartlepool match - maybe?
Martin King who was originally down as one of the consortium and was at the Hartlepool match - maybe? Kelliz

6:03pm Fri 1 Mar 13

ScottLeitch says...

what the hell are we playing at...
what the hell are we playing at... ScottLeitch

7:27pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Last step says...

Bit odd. So his application for the job wasn't even serious and he managed to get shortlisted? Or we were just phoning people and offering them the job whether they'd applied or not?
Bit odd. So his application for the job wasn't even serious and he managed to get shortlisted? Or we were just phoning people and offering them the job whether they'd applied or not? Last step

8:45pm Fri 1 Mar 13

ScottLeitch says...

He would have been a disaster
He would have been a disaster ScottLeitch

9:24pm Fri 1 Mar 13

abbotboy says...

Another saturday 'experts', who can talk loads on this and that but cant step up[ to the mark when asked....
Dont think any of them have ever done a thing apart from southgate....
Another saturday 'experts', who can talk loads on this and that but cant step up[ to the mark when asked.... Dont think any of them have ever done a thing apart from southgate.... abbotboy

9:29pm Fri 1 Mar 13

The Black Hand says...

Only chance of the Gooooners getting a trophy this year lol
Only chance of the Gooooners getting a trophy this year lol The Black Hand

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