Vic Morgan: Time for Tim

Former BBC Wiltshire match commentator Vic Morgan writes his weekly blog…

Quite a few hours wasn’t it? The expectation, the rumours and the announcement. Oh and a presidential election took place as well.

The prospect of a Swindon Town news conference always gets social media in a frenzy. What was it to be? A takeover, Lee Power deciding enough was enough, or the dreaded “A” word. There was even talk of a well know energy drinks firm expanding their sporting portfolio by moving in at the County Ground.

In the end it wasn’t too much of a shock. Tim Sherwood’s appointment as Director of Football, doesn’t surprise regular Town watchers. After all, he’s been present at many Swindon games after his dismissal from Aston Villa and even before that when he’d left Tottenham.

There was that Spurs connection when several players arrived from White Hart Lane and Villa came here for a pre season friendly. So not a shocker then.

Luke Williams will now return to a coaching role with Sherwood in charge of transfers and team affairs, effectively manager.

What difference will it make? Well we’ll only know that over the next few weeks. What is obvious is that it’s a high profile appointment and put Swindon in the national headlines on Thursday afternoon.

Whether it brings the same success as the hiring of Lou Macari, Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle, Steve McMahon or Paolo Di Canio remains to be seen. As a Town fan all I can say is, I hope it does. Right now we need a boost, let’s hope this is it and surely all Swindon supporters wish Tim Sherwood well, why wouldn’t you?

On the field, there was another of those extra point penalty shoot out draw kind of things in the Checkatrade Trophy. This time at Exeter City.

Like the one again Oxford recently, Will Henry made his mark with crucial saves. Will is, without doubt, a fine goalkeeper who gets better with every appearance. At the moment he’s a more than able deputy for Lawrence Vigouroux. One day though, I’m sure he’ll be Swindon’s number one and for a long time to come. A great prospect.

The group win in the much maligned Checkatrade brings a home tie in the next round against Luton Town.  It’ll be interesting to see if attendances pick up in this competition the closer the final stages come.

My guess is that the experiment with academy sides will be dropped next season and it’ll go back to it’s previous format or just disappear. I’ve been to all the Swindon games in this competition and haven’t felt guilty about that. I go to support my team, full stop, if you feel another way then that’s fine too.

The Tim Sherwood appointment comes just a couple of days before our televised game against Charlton. Good timing eh? That also may see a return for Nicky Ajose who’ll no doubt feature in the visitors squad. My how we’ve missed his goals. Perhaps now that Luke Norris has broken his duck, scoring at Exeter, he’ll be out to add to his tally.

Keep it loud keep it proud keep it SWINDON!

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