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SWINDON TOWN: Cooper in no rush to recruit following Williams' departure
MARK Cooper would be more than happy with the group of players at his disposal should the summer transfer window close without Swindon Town making another signing.
Town are sailing close to the wind when it comes to League One’s financial fair play restrictions which allow clubs to spend a maximum of 60 per cent of their annual turnover on player wages.
The club have some extra room to manoeuvre in the market after striker Andy Williams completed a season-long loan return to Yeovil yesterday.
Further high earners may need to be offloaded before Cooper can add to his squad - but the Swindon manager would be content to work with the options he already has to hand if that eventuality comes to pass.
“There have been one or two little whispers that we’ve heard but nothing concrete,” he said.
“I’m just concentrating on the ones I’ve got and if anything happens then we’ll deal with that. We have to concentrate and work on the premise that we’ve got what we’ve got on Saturday and we’ll work with that.
“If anything happens before then we’ll adjust.
“I think we’ve got good players. They’ve shown they’re good enough in spells.”
Swindon are still in pursuit of Millwall forward Dany N’Guessan and could make a move for free agent midfielder Tom Hateley, who impressed in a recent friendly against Portsmouth, should the necessary capital be freed up before the window closes on September 2.
When asked which areas on the pitch he would specifically be looking to strengthen should he be given the chance, Cooper said: “The fact that we’ve only scored two goals would probably say we need reinforcements in that area and maybe a natural wide player.
“We had one trialist on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, Cooper has spent the week adjusting to being called “gaffer” by the players following his appointment as permanent boss on Tuesday.
“That’s probably the only difference so far and I have to keep checking when they say it,” he said. “It’s what’s in a name, isn’t it? That’s about the only thing that’s changed.
“There’s not that air or feeling that you’re on trial every day and it gives you the chance to be a bit calmer.”
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