Seeing that I’m currently asking you to vote for your greatest Swindon Town manager, Adam Johnson provides an insight into his top three Swindon managers of recent years.
Even though Swindon Town have been one of the more inconsistent football league teams, we have been consistent in having big name managers.
Glenn Hoddle, Lou Macari, Ossie Ardilles, Roy Evans and Dennis Wise have all come and gone in the last twenty five years but my first managerial experience was former England midfielder Steve McMahon.
It was the Division Two title winning season of 1995/1996 that first hooked me in and this has to be taken into account. I’ve not only enjoyed managerial tenures such as McMahon’s but also the likes of Jimmy Quinn, Iffy Onuora, Andy King (who I actually enjoyed having as manager…) and Maurice Malpas. For those of you who were around for the Macari, Ardilles and Hoddle era, have sympathy for me.Continue Reading
As the managers countdown draws to a close Alex Cooke delves behind my statistics to present his case for who is the worst Swindon Town manager.
The numbers are clear: Paul Hart is Swindon Town’s worst manager. His managerial reign could be described as a car crash – except at least a car crash is compelling to watch. But the statistics couldn’t be clearer if they flashed out their warning in 64 font accompanied by a honking great klaxon: Hart was a disaster.
However, the numbers don’t include context. These statistics only measure results, not the climate in which those were achieved, and are three points always equal? Can we truly say it was equally easy for Iffy’s administration-hobbled, quickly cobbled collection of loanees, gimmers and youth players to earn a win in third tier in 2005/06 as it was for the heavily resourced Danny Wilson five years later? Continue Reading
I’ve had my say over the past two months, now it’s your turn.
I’ve ranked Swindon Town’s thirty managers according to their actual results in League, FA and League Cups, but do you agree with the countdown outcome and who is your greatest Swindon manager of all time?
All 30 choices are here for you to choose, however I can’t imagine many voting for Paul Hart or Colin Todd…Continue Reading
No.1 | Danny Williams | Manager August 1965 to July 1969 | Score 423.2
Danny Williams’ first spell in charge at Swindon from 1965 to 1969 is, by my definition, the most successful spell by any Town manager in the Football League, FA Cup and League Cup.
His overall record is second to none and provided an entire generation with lasting memories of the 1969 League Cup win, an achievement sadly that is extremely unlikely to ever be equalled.
So how did the one club man from Rotherham propel Swindon Town into the national limelight with one of the most famous Wembley upsets of all time?Continue Reading
No.2 | Fred Ford | Manager July 1969 to November 1971 | Score 409.6
After winning the League Cup and promotion from Division Three Danny Williams was enticed to Sheffield Wednesday in July 1969. With Swindon already in pre-season training the board turn to Fred Ford to steer the Town ship in Division Two. Ford previously coached at Swindon and had spent the past two years as manager at Bristol Rovers. By inheriting the entire squad that won promotion and the League Cup just months before, plus Danny’s last signing Arthur Horsfield, Fred had a great chance to consolidate Town in Division Two.
The 1969/70 season goes down as one of the finest in our history. Fred’s achievements to progress in the league and cups this year, is a remarkable story.Continue Reading
A trip down the A419 to our Gloucestershire neighbours Cirencester Town provided a second chance to follow Paolo Di Canio’s pre-season roadshow before Reading arrive at The County Ground for the final test on Saturday.
Unlike previous seasons when the friendly ties against local non-league opposition provided runouts to a few first team fringe and mostly youth players, Di Canio has fully embraced both the Supermarine and Cirencester games to use all that is at his disposal. Offering all important match preparation for his burgeoning team and a welcome boost to the coffers of our opposition with the extra gate attracted by a full strength team.Continue Reading
No.3 | Glenn Hoddle | Manager April 1991 to June 1993 | Score 404.6
Bringing Hoddle over from Monaco to replace Ossie Ardiles was definitely the right choice. The former Tottenham midfield maestro secured the points needed to avoid relegation in 1991, but only just, as Glenn’s side won 2, drew 1 and suffered 5 defeats in his eight games to finish 21st.
Over the summer Hoddle made three key signings, which now look to be fantastic bargains. Martin Ling returned for £15,000, David Mitchell joined from Chelsea for £30,000 and £200,000 persuaded Exeter to part with ‘OOH!’ Shaun Taylor. Continue Reading
No.4 | Bobby Smith | Manager May 1978 to September 1980 | Score 388.9
A manager frequently overlooked and perhaps forgotten, Bobby Smith took over from the retiring Danny Williams for the start of the 1978/79 Division Three season.
Smith started off in management young. He was only 29 when he took over at Bury in November 1973, making an instant impact with promotion from Division Four at the first attempt, although mediocre seasons eventually led to Bobby being sacked in October 1977 after making a poor start to the season. Within days Port Vale came calling, however 34 league games, 6 wins, 15 draws and 13 defeats later, he took the Valiants to relegation into Division Four. Continue Reading
Swindon Town are set to further bolster midfield options with the signing of Alan McCormack. The 27 year old Irishman has left Charlton Athletic by mutual consent and had his ear bent by a persuasive Paolo Di Canio, convincing the former Southend United player to step down to League Two, at least for one season.
To continue the recent theme of inviting supporters of their former clubs to comment on our new signings, today it’s the turn of Charlton Athletic blog Deepest Darkest with a view on McCormack, revealing why he won’t be missed at The Valley.Continue Reading
No.5 | Ossie Ardiles | Manager July 1989 to March 1991 | Score 363.9
Ossie Ardiles succeeded Lou Macari back in the summer of 1989 and also in this countdown, as we enter the top five Swindon Town managers.
The small and smiling Argentinian became Swindon’s first manager from outside of the home nations with the task of building upon Lou’s meteoric rise up the league. Attracting Ossie was a significant coup. Only five years previous Town finished within ten points of facing re-election to stay in Division Four, yet now could count on a World Cup winner and creative linchpin for Spurs, as a first promotion to the top flight was the objective. The contrast couldn’t be greater.Continue Reading