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.”