BBC Devon’s Vic Morgan writes his latest blog for TheWashbag.com…
As weeks go that’s about as bad as it gets for Swindon Town. Defeat by Millwall did for Mark Cooper, bringing to an end his time in so day charge of the club.
While many were thinking that his grip on the job as manager, coach, whatever… was coming to an end, there was no sign of impending departure last Saturday afternoon.
However what was obvious was that the game at the New Den saw one of the most woeful Town displays for ages. It was dreadful. No guile, no fight, no spirit and in the end no points.
It’s clear that Swindon are in very grave danger of relegation and that’s a sad fact.
A massive injury list, suspensions and a dreadful losing run, have all contrived to make this a harrowing season. It was terrible to watch as our team were literally torn apart by the Lions.
How the score remained at two is a mystery to all that were there. Millwall would have been kicking themselves that they didn’t fill their boots.
So then a miserable journey back to Devon and then the news of Cooper’s demise.
Like Danny Wilson before him, the curse of the play off final has come back to bite him. A trip to Wembley was followed by a fall from grace so rapid as to make hour eyes water.
No real dissent in the ranks of the supporters has been evident despite the poor run and it was a surprise when the news came through of another managerial sacking.
Then the follow on development that chairman and owner Lee Power would manage the team against Oldham on Tuesday.
If Saturday was bad, it was marginally better three days later. In truth neither side were likely to cause many problems for many in League One. A win by the visitors though plunged Town into the relegation places and in dire straits.
What was even more frustrating was that Nicky Ajose’s equaliser looked to have salvaged a point. Not to be. The football gods are not pleased with Swindon at the moment and they allowed Oldham to grab a winner with seconds left. Another awful game and another defeat.
So the hunt for a new boss is well underway. I say boss, but surely it’s a coach working under Mr. Power’s instruction. How that works out we’ll see in the weeks to come.
One things for sure. We ARE in huge trouble. We need a win desperately otherwise the trap door opens just a little bit more.
Coventry visit Tuesday with Joe Cole on board. The former West Ham, Chelsea and England winger might have a field day looking at how we’re playing at the moment. Let’s hope not let’s be positive and prepare for a Town win. You just never know.
Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!