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Departed Jay backs Power to advance Robins

Swindon Advertiser: Jay McEveley Jay McEveley

IN Lee Power, Swindon Town have the right man in place to help take the club forward over the coming years.

That is the opinion of former Robins defender Jay McEveley, who was released by the club over the weekend after 26 months in Wiltshire, after he and Power were unable to agree on the terms of a potential extended stay at the County Ground.

McEveley worked closely with the Town chairman following the ex-Norwich City striker’s arrival at Town in March last year and has nothing but praise for the way Power kept Swindon competitive despite cutting around £2million off the wage bill in a single swipe over the summer.

Power and Seebeck 87 Ltd, the holding company used by former chairman Jed McCrory to acquire Town in January 2013, are currently disputing the ownership of the club, with the date for a court hearing yet to be determined as Power seeks an injunction preventing Seebeck from appointing directors to the Robins’ board.

While the club’s future remains up in the air, McEveley stressed that from his own experiences Power is the right man to help Swindon progress towards financial solidity and self-sustainability.

He told the Advertiser: “When I first came down here there was a lot of money getting floating about to get us up to the Championship. The club started sliding a little bit because of what happened. We’ve seen that at many clubs over the years. It’s not sustainable.

“It’s been a bit of a balancing act for the last 18 months to get the club sorted and I think you’ve got the right man in place now, with Lee. Speaking to him first hand he’s got his idea for the club, he knows what he can do with the club and he knows what type of player he wants. He’s got a philosophy which you’ve seen this season and I’m sure you’ll see next season.

“Chairmen you don’t see much off, or I haven’t done with the clubs I’ve been at, but you always see Lee in and about the club when he’s over in Swindon. He’s chatting to the lads, he’ll come in before the game and just have a laugh and a joke with the lads - just one of the lads really.

“Obviously he’s running the club and I haven’t seen that in many chairmen, really - someone that down to earth and wanting to know about the lads, what they’ve been doing with their days off and that. You don’t get that with many chairmen.

“Maybe his age is something to do with that. I’ve had chairmen pushing 70 and Lee’s a bit younger and a bit more in with the crowd. He just wants to know. He’s brilliant like that.”

McEveley expects Town fans to be treated to more special finds like Yaser Kasim as long as Power is in charge at the County Ground.

He said: “You’ve got to balance the books and make sure the club’s run smoothly and pick little gems up - the likes of Yaser and Raffa who have come in and took to the team and the club like a duck to water. They’ve been brilliant. You need to go right down that route because we’ve proved this season that it can be done.

“I think the financial worries would all be gone if they do get to the Championship. It could take two or three years but if the stability is there in the books and working the youth system, I see no reason why they can’t climb.”

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8:09am Fri 9 May 14

smirg kcab says...

Good luck in your move to rochdale jay
A bigger and better run club than ours
Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours smirg kcab
  • Score: -53

8:26am Fri 9 May 14

Townend80 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Good luck in your move to rochdale jay
A bigger and better run club than ours
Bigger & better ? Very wrong on both counts
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours[/p][/quote]Bigger & better ? Very wrong on both counts Townend80
  • Score: 5

9:17am Fri 9 May 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

Lee Power always about the place when in Swindon?hes a tax exile and can only be in England for up to 90 days!.As for the comment of money floating,that was greedy players and agents!.Isnt it ironic players can see the hardship clubs are in but never seem to accept its because of their huge wages!
Lee Power always about the place when in Swindon?hes a tax exile and can only be in England for up to 90 days!.As for the comment of money floating,that was greedy players and agents!.Isnt it ironic players can see the hardship clubs are in but never seem to accept its because of their huge wages! uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: 4

9:57am Fri 9 May 14

Swindonian63 says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Good luck in your move to rochdale jay
A bigger and better run club than ours
That's a snide little comment and totally unnecessary.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours[/p][/quote]That's a snide little comment and totally unnecessary. Swindonian63
  • Score: 19

12:53pm Fri 9 May 14

Vintage Trouble says...

Swindonian63 wrote:
smirg kcab wrote: Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours
That's a snide little comment and totally unnecessary.
Trolling as usual. Highlight of their day reading the reactions, and pressing F5 every few minutes to see if anyone else has bitten
[quote][p][bold]Swindonian63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours[/p][/quote]That's a snide little comment and totally unnecessary.[/p][/quote]Trolling as usual. Highlight of their day reading the reactions, and pressing F5 every few minutes to see if anyone else has bitten Vintage Trouble
  • Score: 9

1:39pm Fri 9 May 14

stfclondon says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours
Funny isn't it, how a player moves on and has nothing but good things to say about the club, whereas one of our own 'fans' does quite the opposite.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Good luck in your move to rochdale jay A bigger and better run club than ours[/p][/quote]Funny isn't it, how a player moves on and has nothing but good things to say about the club, whereas one of our own 'fans' does quite the opposite. stfclondon
  • Score: 11

1:59pm Fri 9 May 14

LeGod says...

smirg kcab - I've told you before your a Total K*** and your comment today definitely confirms that mind you I know before anyway but what is it with you.
The best we can all do is just ignore you and not respond and perhaps as your a massive k*** you may go and write the same c*** you write on the Poxford site or are you really one of those c**** anyway.
smirg kcab - I've told you before your a Total K*** and your comment today definitely confirms that mind you I know before anyway but what is it with you. The best we can all do is just ignore you and not respond and perhaps as your a massive k*** you may go and write the same c*** you write on the Poxford site or are you really one of those c**** anyway. LeGod
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Fri 9 May 14

Oi Den! says...

Reel 'em in Grim, reel 'em in.
Reel 'em in Grim, reel 'em in. Oi Den!
  • Score: -10

4:04pm Fri 9 May 14

Chish and Fips says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Reel 'em in Grim, reel 'em in.
what ever turns you on I suppose ..... I'm sure grim is bipolar ... one minute sense then the next all twaddle (to be polite).
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Reel 'em in Grim, reel 'em in.[/p][/quote]what ever turns you on I suppose ..... I'm sure grim is bipolar ... one minute sense then the next all twaddle (to be polite). Chish and Fips
  • Score: 10

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