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Town manager decision just days away
MARK Cooper has revealed he has been informed the managerial situation at Swindon Town will be resolved at the start of next week.
The former Peterborough and Kettering boss has been in caretaker charge since the resignation of former manager Kevin MacDonald on July 13, having initially arrived at the County Ground as the Scot’s number two in February.
Cooper has become increasingly popular during his temporary spell in charge which has seen him claim two wins in his first three games and produce some stylish football, with nearly 80 per cent of fans wanting him to be given the job permanently according to a poll run by the Advertiser.
The 44-year-old is taking nothing for granted despite his decent run in charge and has now been told the situation will be resolved one way or another at the start of next week by the club's decision makers.
“I don’t think you ever take anything for granted and as soon as you get too comfortable you know what’s round the corner,” he said.
“I’ve been told the situation will be resolved early next week.
“I think I’ve said and have been on record as saying I would like to have a go at it and have something to offer, and I think we’re doing okay.
“If you are in the position they know you are interested.
“I enjoy it and I enjoy being out on the pitch coaching and being with the players, and nothing has really changed for me apart from the fact I’m a number one rather than a number two.”
Town have been in discussions with troubled former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger regarding a move to Wiltshire over the last few days and if the forward does join the Robins, Cooper is adamant he will form his own opinion on the 22-year-old.
“You take people on face value and if he does come to the club I will treat him like anybody else we’ve got in the squad and it doesn’t faze me at all,” he said.
“You speak to other people in the game but ultimately you have to make your mind up, because if you listened to everybody then you would never end up signing a player because someone will always find a fault.
“Whenever we sign anyone we do our homework, but we make sure we think we can educate them the way we feel is right.
“I think talks are ongoing and the chairman has spoken to him, but I think it’s far from done and dusted and there are other targets in place as well.
“I wouldn’t say we are desperate (for a striker) because we are still making chances and in the three games we’ve played we’ve looked like we can score goals so I have full confidence in the players.”
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