MacDonald brings the calm after the storm

Kevin MacDonald

Kevin MacDonald

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THE carnival has passed through, the calm has begun.

If ever proof was needed of how different life will now be at Swindon Town, you only had to be at the County Ground yesterday lunchtime as Kevin MacDonald was officially introduced to the media.

A battle-weary local core of journalists, and one or two from further afield, ventured to hear the new Robins manager speak, and speak well. But this was not the flavour of the day amongst our national friends. Why should it have been?

MacDonald spoke slowly and eloquently. He wriggled free of tricky situations with a verbal athleticism that bodes well for the future. He was considered in his answers and possessed a softly-spoken aura so different to the serrated, abrasive tones of his predecessor.

The closest the 52-year-old got to analogy was a description of his disaffection with Twitter. It was remarkably placid; perhaps refreshingly so.

Rewind 22 months and the contrast is extraordinary. Paolo Di Canio arrived at Swindon Town to a lightning storm of flash photography; cameras peered their necks to get a glimpse of the Italian signing his contract; a veritable army of journalists packed the Sponsors’ Suite from front to back. The crowd of reporters was eight or 10 deep back then - yesterday you could scuttle in with 90 seconds to spare and manouevre into the front row.

Di Canio’s entry was fire and brimstone. MacDonald’s was ice chips and lukewarm copper.

Di Canio announced himself as a caged lion. “This is my destiny,” he said conjuring up the spirit of his inner gladiator; dealing almost solely in hyperbole. MacDonald was pleasant and polite and in no way attempted to emulate Braveheart.

In pure entertainment terms, by comparison to Di Canio MacDonald was dull. He was quiet and insisted that the press should expect nothing more from him. “I am quite a thoughtful person and I tend not to say too much, and when I do it’s because I have thought that through,” he said. “Some people say that’s wrong and that you should speak off the top of your head, but that’s not the way I am.”

Swindon fans should breath several deep sighs of relief. In a world where entertainment has quickly dissolved into domestic abuse, the last thing Swindon Town needed right now was a loose cannon, a rent-a-quote for us hacks who circle like vultures. MacDonald is not a “safe” option, being relatively untried in management, but he is certainly secure.

Di Canio was the sparkle and glamour, the sequin-lacquered signing that turned heads - and his introductory press conference matched his reputation in its celebrity and enormity. Now it’s quite obvious that celebrity has been overtaken by serenity. MacDonald was not about to cause controversy in his first outing, quite frankly he is unlikely to cause controversy at all.

Compare that if you will to Di Canio, who introduced himself with the words: “In life, I always wanted confrontation. To have a challenge. I'm not worried about strong characters.”

For MacDonald a big statement was not needed. He knows in two months’ time he will either have endeared himself to the fans or been quickly dismissed as unfit to lace Di Canio’s leather shoes. He expressed that with confidence and clarity.

“I have known it from afar and the club has been up and down in the last few years, but it is the perfect fit for myself,” he said. “The main aim is to win each game which comes along, and hopefully that will give us enough points to get into the Championship next season.”

And within 20 minutes the Scot was on the team bus to Coventry, the half-dozen cameramen had pulled down their tripods and everyone tootled on home. The calm has begun.

MACDONALD ON: How he arrived at Swindon

It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.

Earlier this week Jed spoke to my agent, and I came down to speak to him and we got on like a house on fire.

I spoke to Jed on Thursday, but he had spoken to my agent on Wednesday. It came out of the blue myself, but I have looked at one or two other jobs. Jed agreed to see me, we had a chat and he was happy to offer me the job which I was happy to accept.

The big thing is the club is in a good position, they have just been taken over by new people, and when Jed spoke to me he was enthusiastic about football as I am about football.

Maybe Jed more so as a fan, but that doesn’t mean my opinion is any better because I have worked in football a lot longer.
I was impressed with his enthusiasm, and I am convinced we can push on and be successful.

MACDONALD ON: Swindon's past

They are in a good position and traditionally had some good young players come through too, and I have worked a lot on that side, but it was the way Jed portrayed the club to me.

I have known it from afar and the club has been up and down in the last few years, but it is the perfect fit for myself.

The main aim is to win each game which comes along, and hopefully that will give us enough points to get into the Championship next season.

There would be no point in Jed coming to the club if it didn’t go that far forward, because it wouldn’t be viable for him either.

They have been very successful and done very well under Paolo Di Canio, but there are a lot of other good teams in this league and they need another push forward.

The club itself has done fantastically well over the last few years, although it has been up and down, and now we just need to make sure it keeps going forward.

MACDONALD ON: Why he joined Town

Part of it is because of the way Jed sold the club to me, but part of it is also having been reasonably successful as a coach I need to see if I can be successful as a manager.

The way it was portrayed to me is that this is going to be a coaching club because they want to try and bring through young players too, and because traditionally they have had younger players come through.

For me that is good, and having worked with Elite Players in international football and in the Premier League I don’t have any worries about dealing with the senior players.

Initially the important thing is to try and get the victories for the first team, and if we do that and keep pushing on it’s easier to get better quality of players to the club, which in turn helps the younger players when they join in with training sessions.

MACDONALD ON: The state of the squad

We will have to wait and see, but there are obviously depleted numbers in the squad because there are a lot of youngsters knocking on the door.

If we get any more injuries we really will be down to the bare bones, so I will be looking at a lot of games to see if there are any players good enough to come in.

We haven’t really spoken about money, and if I see a player I would like I will speak to Jed and see if we can do something there.

At the moment that is it, and the most important thing is trying to get the team right for Coventry, and then after that we will try to get the team right for the next game and that’s the most important thing.

I’d like to (bring in players from Aston Villa) but Paul Lambert has a lot of young players in his squad, but I have a lot of contacts at other clubs too and I will be looking at a few games.

Even though the lads lost on Tuesday and drew the game before, but being in the position they have been all season and are now they deserve a chance to go out there and start winning games again.

MACDONALD ON: His footballing philosophy

I want to try and win as many games as possible, but that’s eveyone's philosophy.

I want to get the ball down and pass which has been a tradition of Swindon over the years, but it can’t be like that all the time because of the level of football we play at, because other teams will try and stop us.

If we can play the way I would like to try and play then we will win a lot more games than we lose, and hopefully the players will buy into that.

I’m not in a position to speak about Paolo Di Canio, but he was successful here and was a very good player. He is a different character to myself, and I personally like to do what I think I am good at and try to get on with the job.

MACDONALD ON: His backroom staff

I am quite a thoughtful person and I tend not to say too much, and when I do it’s because I have thought that through. Some people say that’s wrong and that you should speak off the top of your head, but that’s not the way I am.

I am a bit of a neanderthal when it comes to modern communication and media websites, but it is nice to hear positive things (about his appointment). That can change very quickly, but it is nice that people are pleased with what Jed has done.

I was getting fed up at home, the missus wasn’t too happy with me, and the golf wasn’t getting any better, so it was right for me to come back.

I had a nice little holiday and played a lot of golf, but I wanted to get back in so otherwise I wouldn’t have come back this early.

I have only just met them (Fraser Digby and Michael Peacock) today and we got on very well, but we will sit down and talk.

Mark is Terry Cooper’s son, the ex-England international, and has played in teams like Birmingham and managed at the lower levels which will be a great, and I think he will be a great ally for me.

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7:06am Sat 2 Mar 13

ya mums got facial hair says...

Oh no not another dull man?
Arms folded ?
Play offs thrown away?
Ring any bells anyone?
Come back Paolo
Oh no not another dull man? Arms folded ? Play offs thrown away? Ring any bells anyone? Come back Paolo ya mums got facial hair
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7:28am Sat 2 Mar 13

Chish and Fips says...

ya mums got facial hair wrote:
Oh no not another dull man?
Arms folded ?
Play offs thrown away?
Ring any bells anyone?
Come back Paolo
Leaping about the touch line
Publically slating his players
Buying in more players to fall out with
Club going into Administration

Ring any bells !!
[quote][p][bold]ya mums got facial hair[/bold] wrote: Oh no not another dull man? Arms folded ? Play offs thrown away? Ring any bells anyone? Come back Paolo[/p][/quote]Leaping about the touch line Publically slating his players Buying in more players to fall out with Club going into Administration Ring any bells !! Chish and Fips
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7:30am Sat 2 Mar 13

avo says...

Oh shut up please. Give the guy a chance eh?
Oh shut up please. Give the guy a chance eh? avo
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7:31am Sat 2 Mar 13

avo says...

esmerelda!! esmerelllllllllda!!! Lot of bell ringing going on today..
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The bellsssss, the belllllllllllls!! Alright Quasimodo, calm down dear!
esmerelda!! esmerelllllllllda!!! Lot of bell ringing going on today.. . The bellsssss, the belllllllllllls!! Alright Quasimodo, calm down dear! avo
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7:56am Sat 2 Mar 13

Jets there'd says...

I thought only genuine Swindon Town fans went on this forum but clearly not!

Lets get behind our new Manager, Staff & Team - that's the reason we're on this forum because we are TOWN FANS.

Good luck at Coventry
I thought only genuine Swindon Town fans went on this forum but clearly not! Lets get behind our new Manager, Staff & Team - that's the reason we're on this forum because we are TOWN FANS. Good luck at Coventry Jets there'd
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8:47am Sat 2 Mar 13

Oxon-Red says...

Welcome Kevin. I hope it is a long stay because that will mean you have been successful.

I hope we can move on now and remember the last 18 months for what they were, exciting days with every match being looked forward to with anticipation and not dread.

I hope we never see another article with the words Paolo or Di Canio in unless they report on a new appointment.

I want to remember the last 18 months for what they were but could feel like erasing them if lawsuits etc rear their ugly heads.

Draw a line Paolo and move on if you want to continue along your chosen path because you could damage yourself irrepairably by taking the wrong turning.

Good Luck to Kevin, the players and fans today. Would settle for a draw but want a win :-)

COYMR
Welcome Kevin. I hope it is a long stay because that will mean you have been successful. I hope we can move on now and remember the last 18 months for what they were, exciting days with every match being looked forward to with anticipation and not dread. I hope we never see another article with the words Paolo or Di Canio in unless they report on a new appointment. I want to remember the last 18 months for what they were but could feel like erasing them if lawsuits etc rear their ugly heads. Draw a line Paolo and move on if you want to continue along your chosen path because you could damage yourself irrepairably by taking the wrong turning. Good Luck to Kevin, the players and fans today. Would settle for a draw but want a win :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
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8:59am Sat 2 Mar 13

cueball says...

Wish The new regime well at Coventry today! 3pts would be a good start! What good is negative comments this is the hand we've been dealt! Time to get behind the Manager and Squad new era dawns!! COYR
Wish The new regime well at Coventry today! 3pts would be a good start! What good is negative comments this is the hand we've been dealt! Time to get behind the Manager and Squad new era dawns!! COYR cueball
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9:41am Sat 2 Mar 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

PREDICTIONS LEAGUE
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Can't see the thread anywhere so please see the questions on the Sam Morshead thread:
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THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Crazy days are over, now let's move on
PREDICTIONS LEAGUE ----. Can't see the thread anywhere so please see the questions on the Sam Morshead thread: . THE SAM MORSHEAD COLUMN: Crazy days are over, now let's move on SAPFanSTFC
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9:49am Sat 2 Mar 13

old town robin says...

ya mums got facial hair wrote:
Oh no not another dull man?
Arms folded ?
Play offs thrown away?
Ring any bells anyone?
Come back Paolo
Did you actually bother reading the article and understand what Kevin said, because it doesn't sound like you want to give the fella a chance before he even gets KM printed on his track suit.

Some positive I liked from this opening interview is youngster being involved with first team training, that can only be seen as good for intergration rather than the them and us approach with the academy used by Di Canio. Jed all ready said we will have an under 21 team as well as the youths, which hopefully will see us coming up against the elite.

The other piece I thought was really good was he said he knows Swindon like to play football and are at their best when keeping the ball on the ground, but at this level sometime it has to done differently. At last, a manager that might just have a plan B, because of what I have seen of the lower level teams at home games, those that come with a plan to park the bus have usually done very well and reduced our lot to hoof it without any ideas of how to beat these type of tactics. How many times under Wilson and Di Canio did we actually come from behind and win games late on. Not too many that I can remember and how many times have we dropped point to teams near the bottom, shed loads. infact if Di Canio had a plan B we could and should have been at least 10 points clear by now.

I think he will continue to play the game in the right way, but with Mark along side hopefully they will have enough nous to get us out of this aweful league.

A few unanswered questions to be asked, I would like to know if he intends to reintroduce a scouting system and it will be interesting to see how he handles discipline, can't see too many Sunday morning sessions if they lose though, so don't be too surprised to see one or two out on a Saturday night, which is fine as long as they keep the drinking in moderation

Guess pre-season will be running in the Scottish highlands rather than sunny Italy, but hopefully with Kev we will get a few more testing games to start the season and not just some of the locals, which to be fair we should do our bit to help out with a bit of revenue, but it is hardly going to stretch our first team
[quote][p][bold]ya mums got facial hair[/bold] wrote: Oh no not another dull man? Arms folded ? Play offs thrown away? Ring any bells anyone? Come back Paolo[/p][/quote]Did you actually bother reading the article and understand what Kevin said, because it doesn't sound like you want to give the fella a chance before he even gets KM printed on his track suit. Some positive I liked from this opening interview is youngster being involved with first team training, that can only be seen as good for intergration rather than the them and us approach with the academy used by Di Canio. Jed all ready said we will have an under 21 team as well as the youths, which hopefully will see us coming up against the elite. The other piece I thought was really good was he said he knows Swindon like to play football and are at their best when keeping the ball on the ground, but at this level sometime it has to done differently. At last, a manager that might just have a plan B, because of what I have seen of the lower level teams at home games, those that come with a plan to park the bus have usually done very well and reduced our lot to hoof it without any ideas of how to beat these type of tactics. How many times under Wilson and Di Canio did we actually come from behind and win games late on. Not too many that I can remember and how many times have we dropped point to teams near the bottom, shed loads. infact if Di Canio had a plan B we could and should have been at least 10 points clear by now. I think he will continue to play the game in the right way, but with Mark along side hopefully they will have enough nous to get us out of this aweful league. A few unanswered questions to be asked, I would like to know if he intends to reintroduce a scouting system and it will be interesting to see how he handles discipline, can't see too many Sunday morning sessions if they lose though, so don't be too surprised to see one or two out on a Saturday night, which is fine as long as they keep the drinking in moderation Guess pre-season will be running in the Scottish highlands rather than sunny Italy, but hopefully with Kev we will get a few more testing games to start the season and not just some of the locals, which to be fair we should do our bit to help out with a bit of revenue, but it is hardly going to stretch our first team old town robin
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9:49am Sat 2 Mar 13

old town robin says...

ya mums got facial hair wrote:
Oh no not another dull man?
Arms folded ?
Play offs thrown away?
Ring any bells anyone?
Come back Paolo
Did you actually bother reading the article and understand what Kevin said, because it doesn't sound like you want to give the fella a chance before he even gets KM printed on his track suit.

Some positive I liked from this opening interview is youngster being involved with first team training, that can only be seen as good for intergration rather than the them and us approach with the academy used by Di Canio. Jed all ready said we will have an under 21 team as well as the youths, which hopefully will see us coming up against the elite.

The other piece I thought was really good was he said he knows Swindon like to play football and are at their best when keeping the ball on the ground, but at this level sometime it has to done differently. At last, a manager that might just have a plan B, because of what I have seen of the lower level teams at home games, those that come with a plan to park the bus have usually done very well and reduced our lot to hoof it without any ideas of how to beat these type of tactics. How many times under Wilson and Di Canio did we actually come from behind and win games late on. Not too many that I can remember and how many times have we dropped point to teams near the bottom, shed loads. infact if Di Canio had a plan B we could and should have been at least 10 points clear by now.

I think he will continue to play the game in the right way, but with Mark along side hopefully they will have enough nous to get us out of this aweful league.

A few unanswered questions to be asked, I would like to know if he intends to reintroduce a scouting system and it will be interesting to see how he handles discipline, can't see too many Sunday morning sessions if they lose though, so don't be too surprised to see one or two out on a Saturday night, which is fine as long as they keep the drinking in moderation

Guess pre-season will be running in the Scottish highlands rather than sunny Italy, but hopefully with Kev we will get a few more testing games to start the season and not just some of the locals, which to be fair we should do our bit to help out with a bit of revenue, but it is hardly going to stretch our first team
[quote][p][bold]ya mums got facial hair[/bold] wrote: Oh no not another dull man? Arms folded ? Play offs thrown away? Ring any bells anyone? Come back Paolo[/p][/quote]Did you actually bother reading the article and understand what Kevin said, because it doesn't sound like you want to give the fella a chance before he even gets KM printed on his track suit. Some positive I liked from this opening interview is youngster being involved with first team training, that can only be seen as good for intergration rather than the them and us approach with the academy used by Di Canio. Jed all ready said we will have an under 21 team as well as the youths, which hopefully will see us coming up against the elite. The other piece I thought was really good was he said he knows Swindon like to play football and are at their best when keeping the ball on the ground, but at this level sometime it has to done differently. At last, a manager that might just have a plan B, because of what I have seen of the lower level teams at home games, those that come with a plan to park the bus have usually done very well and reduced our lot to hoof it without any ideas of how to beat these type of tactics. How many times under Wilson and Di Canio did we actually come from behind and win games late on. Not too many that I can remember and how many times have we dropped point to teams near the bottom, shed loads. infact if Di Canio had a plan B we could and should have been at least 10 points clear by now. I think he will continue to play the game in the right way, but with Mark along side hopefully they will have enough nous to get us out of this aweful league. A few unanswered questions to be asked, I would like to know if he intends to reintroduce a scouting system and it will be interesting to see how he handles discipline, can't see too many Sunday morning sessions if they lose though, so don't be too surprised to see one or two out on a Saturday night, which is fine as long as they keep the drinking in moderation Guess pre-season will be running in the Scottish highlands rather than sunny Italy, but hopefully with Kev we will get a few more testing games to start the season and not just some of the locals, which to be fair we should do our bit to help out with a bit of revenue, but it is hardly going to stretch our first team old town robin
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10:05am Sat 2 Mar 13

Park North Red says...

Typical "I don't know the bloke so I'm going to slate him" comment. For god's sake give him and the new staff and more importantly the team a chance please !!
Typical "I don't know the bloke so I'm going to slate him" comment. For god's sake give him and the new staff and more importantly the team a chance please !! Park North Red
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10:08am Sat 2 Mar 13

ScottLeitch says...

Should that not read MaCDonald brings the dull after the exciting...
Should that not read MaCDonald brings the dull after the exciting... ScottLeitch
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10:16am Sat 2 Mar 13

the wizard says...

After the roller coaster of the last few weeks what a great article, bringing in some good calm news of a constructive, cool, calm and measured nature. GOOD.
After the roller coaster of the last few weeks what a great article, bringing in some good calm news of a constructive, cool, calm and measured nature. GOOD. the wizard
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10:22am Sat 2 Mar 13

ScottLeitch says...

you mean a pushover?
you mean a pushover? ScottLeitch
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10:55am Sat 2 Mar 13

the wizard says...

ScottLeitch wrote:
you mean a pushover?
No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.
[quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: you mean a pushover?[/p][/quote]No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth. the wizard
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11:11am Sat 2 Mar 13

Davethered says...

Can't wait for the new start , it may take 2/3 games to get things moving again , but things will get back on track. The style the team played under Dicanio didn't really have people on the edge of their seats , so let's hope this new guy have better tactics, I've seen far better teams than us in this league so this could be a blessing in disguise .
Go get em Kevin Mac , show them whose the boss
Can't wait for the new start , it may take 2/3 games to get things moving again , but things will get back on track. The style the team played under Dicanio didn't really have people on the edge of their seats , so let's hope this new guy have better tactics, I've seen far better teams than us in this league so this could be a blessing in disguise . Go get em Kevin Mac , show them whose the boss Davethered
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11:18am Sat 2 Mar 13

ScottLeitch says...

the wizard wrote:
ScottLeitch wrote:
you mean a pushover?
No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.
Enough experience..... as a coach :/.
I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage.
Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: you mean a pushover?[/p][/quote]No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.[/p][/quote]Enough experience..... as a coach :/. I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage. Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?. ScottLeitch
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11:57am Sat 2 Mar 13

Chish and Fips says...

ScottLeitch wrote:
the wizard wrote:
ScottLeitch wrote:
you mean a pushover?
No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.
Enough experience..... as a coach :/.
I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage.
Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?.
I think the use of the 'ecstatic' is a slight exaggeration in an attempt to further your cause.
I believe people are open minded about the new manager and trust that a correct decision has been made, and will give him the backing he deserves.

It isn't going to be easy but hey we are Swindon Town - do we ever do it the easy way.

I fully expect if we get beaten today the likes of your good self, will be on here like a shot with your ' I told you so'....

Please give the bloke a chance, and lets see what he has to offer. It is going to be a culture shock after PDC but hopefully for the better.
[quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: you mean a pushover?[/p][/quote]No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.[/p][/quote]Enough experience..... as a coach :/. I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage. Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?.[/p][/quote]I think the use of the 'ecstatic' is a slight exaggeration in an attempt to further your cause. I believe people are open minded about the new manager and trust that a correct decision has been made, and will give him the backing he deserves. It isn't going to be easy but hey we are Swindon Town - do we ever do it the easy way. I fully expect if we get beaten today the likes of your good self, will be on here like a shot with your ' I told you so'.... Please give the bloke a chance, and lets see what he has to offer. It is going to be a culture shock after PDC but hopefully for the better. Chish and Fips
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11:59am Sat 2 Mar 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

He sounds calm, thoughtful and modest - could be a welcome change. Give the guy a chance - and that means more than half a dozen games. After the last 2 games he is going to find it hard to turn it around against Coventry today. Hope someone whispers Nathan at right back in his ear because Coventry will roast Macca if he is put there. His links with Villa and other premiership clubs could be really useful to us. Hope he is another Moyes who is similarly under-stated but very effective.
He sounds calm, thoughtful and modest - could be a welcome change. Give the guy a chance - and that means more than half a dozen games. After the last 2 games he is going to find it hard to turn it around against Coventry today. Hope someone whispers Nathan at right back in his ear because Coventry will roast Macca if he is put there. His links with Villa and other premiership clubs could be really useful to us. Hope he is another Moyes who is similarly under-stated but very effective. Psychedelic Syd
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12:06pm Sat 2 Mar 13

bradley red 1 says...

The carnival of di canio was very successful,shame on the new owners for not doing more to keep him,he was never part of the plan with mccorey and co,dissapointed with macdonalds arrival.
The carnival of di canio was very successful,shame on the new owners for not doing more to keep him,he was never part of the plan with mccorey and co,dissapointed with macdonalds arrival. bradley red 1
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12:24pm Sat 2 Mar 13

Oi Den! says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
He sounds calm, thoughtful and modest - could be a welcome change. Give the guy a chance - and that means more than half a dozen games. After the last 2 games he is going to find it hard to turn it around against Coventry today. Hope someone whispers Nathan at right back in his ear because Coventry will roast Macca if he is put there. His links with Villa and other premiership clubs could be really useful to us. Hope he is another Moyes who is similarly under-stated but very effective.
Well said Syd. Anyone who didn't see Tuesday's performance can have no idea how bad it was. It was the lowest ebb since the worst days of Wlson's tenure. Ward and Miller were very disappointing in leaving Thompson out and then leaving it too late to bring him on. Can't help thinking they were wary of upsetting the older pros. Let's hope a fresh pair of eyes and fresh approach bring about the change we need.
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: He sounds calm, thoughtful and modest - could be a welcome change. Give the guy a chance - and that means more than half a dozen games. After the last 2 games he is going to find it hard to turn it around against Coventry today. Hope someone whispers Nathan at right back in his ear because Coventry will roast Macca if he is put there. His links with Villa and other premiership clubs could be really useful to us. Hope he is another Moyes who is similarly under-stated but very effective.[/p][/quote]Well said Syd. Anyone who didn't see Tuesday's performance can have no idea how bad it was. It was the lowest ebb since the worst days of Wlson's tenure. Ward and Miller were very disappointing in leaving Thompson out and then leaving it too late to bring him on. Can't help thinking they were wary of upsetting the older pros. Let's hope a fresh pair of eyes and fresh approach bring about the change we need. Oi Den!
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12:57pm Sat 2 Mar 13

oldtownred says...

bradley red 1 wrote:
The carnival of di canio was very successful,shame on the new owners for not doing more to keep him,he was never part of the plan with mccorey and co,dissapointed with macdonalds arrival.
What is there to be disappointed about? he has just told us not to expect the circus that was the previous regime. It's down to football now.
Like any manager we will be disappointed if he does not deliver and if that is the case someone else will come in.
If he galvanises the team, gets results, uses contacts to get in quality bargain players his name will echo around the stands.
I dont care what sort a man he is as long as he is hard working, talented and brings success.
No one knows the extent of backing that will be receieved, and this needs to be born into account. The previous regime spent a great amount to achieve their results, I hope you receive the same fortune.
Good luck today Kevin, I will be there cheering on th team..........quietl
y as am with a Ricoh season ticket holder......but I offer 100% support which is only conditional on continued success.
As for him who from now on will not be mentioned, I was saddened to hear that there were rumours about trying to sue the club. This I am afraid seemed to come from another voice......namely the agent. I believe Phil Spencer has done no favours. The words used in statements like 'untenable' were his words and the lawsuit likewise.
Would any self interested chairman want to take on a combustible volcano who is so badly advised and brings potential lawsuits against their club? I don't think so.
When I create an image of the last few weeks, all I see is a nose cut off to spite the face.
Welcome Kevin, wish you well because if you succeed we will all be delighted.
[quote][p][bold]bradley red 1[/bold] wrote: The carnival of di canio was very successful,shame on the new owners for not doing more to keep him,he was never part of the plan with mccorey and co,dissapointed with macdonalds arrival.[/p][/quote]What is there to be disappointed about? he has just told us not to expect the circus that was the previous regime. It's down to football now. Like any manager we will be disappointed if he does not deliver and if that is the case someone else will come in. If he galvanises the team, gets results, uses contacts to get in quality bargain players his name will echo around the stands. I dont care what sort a man he is as long as he is hard working, talented and brings success. No one knows the extent of backing that will be receieved, and this needs to be born into account. The previous regime spent a great amount to achieve their results, I hope you receive the same fortune. Good luck today Kevin, I will be there cheering on th team..........quietl y as am with a Ricoh season ticket holder......but I offer 100% support which is only conditional on continued success. As for him who from now on will not be mentioned, I was saddened to hear that there were rumours about trying to sue the club. This I am afraid seemed to come from another voice......namely the agent. I believe Phil Spencer has done no favours. The words used in statements like 'untenable' were his words and the lawsuit likewise. Would any self interested chairman want to take on a combustible volcano who is so badly advised and brings potential lawsuits against their club? I don't think so. When I create an image of the last few weeks, all I see is a nose cut off to spite the face. Welcome Kevin, wish you well because if you succeed we will all be delighted. oldtownred
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1:12pm Sat 2 Mar 13

the wizard says...

ScottLeitch wrote:
the wizard wrote:
ScottLeitch wrote:
you mean a pushover?
No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.
Enough experience..... as a coach :/.
I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage.
Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?.
The previous incumbent had little experience of anything other than self worship and bullying. He and his agent took thousands of pounds out of this club by signing poor players and then buying out their contracts, the likes of Easy Jet, Atiku, Cart Horse Magera. He had a hissy fit with Leon Clarke( top scorer) and Caddis but to name two. He was always ready to blame others but rarely himself, talked about plan B and never delivered it. Was very predictable with his tactics and subs, very limited in his out look. He held the club to ransom over a contract and the new owners called his bluff, they obviously wont be held to ransom and have no truck with bullies . He obviously held influence over Wray who signed player after player in a massive player re-cycling exercise that very nearly bankrupted the club.
Look at the recent SKY interview and see all the portraits of HIM in his home, not his wife, not his kids, just him, him and him, Mister I, myself, personally and talks about himself in the third sense, self obsessed to the extreme. Suggest you go and support his next club, you will have a long wait.
[quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ScottLeitch[/bold] wrote: you mean a pushover?[/p][/quote]No, somebody who has enough experience not to resort to the first thing that comes into his head, this guy actually thinks things through, engages brain before mouth.[/p][/quote]Enough experience..... as a coach :/. I wish him the best I really do, I just don't understand all these people who are ecstatic with this appointment, when he has very little in the way of managerial credentials at this stage. Can we not afford someone who has managed a club before in his own right with some degree of success?.[/p][/quote]The previous incumbent had little experience of anything other than self worship and bullying. He and his agent took thousands of pounds out of this club by signing poor players and then buying out their contracts, the likes of Easy Jet, Atiku, Cart Horse Magera. He had a hissy fit with Leon Clarke( top scorer) and Caddis but to name two. He was always ready to blame others but rarely himself, talked about plan B and never delivered it. Was very predictable with his tactics and subs, very limited in his out look. He held the club to ransom over a contract and the new owners called his bluff, they obviously wont be held to ransom and have no truck with bullies . He obviously held influence over Wray who signed player after player in a massive player re-cycling exercise that very nearly bankrupted the club. Look at the recent SKY interview and see all the portraits of HIM in his home, not his wife, not his kids, just him, him and him, Mister I, myself, personally and talks about himself in the third sense, self obsessed to the extreme. Suggest you go and support his next club, you will have a long wait. the wizard
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