THE prospect of walking away from his position as head coach of Swindon Town has never crossed the mind of Luke Williams.
Town capped off a dismal season in the appropriate fashion on Sunday afternoon as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat away to Charlton Athletic, a game every member of the squad attended.
With only pride left to play for, the day could have panned out differently for a starting XI that gave Swindon fans a hint of who to expect to start the opening game of the League Two campaign in August.
Anton Rodgers reeled away in anguish as his 11th-minute free-kick struck the woodwork, before goals from Josh Magennis and Jake Forster-Caskey put the hosts in a comfortable position.
When Ricky Holmes curled home the third midway through the second half, it put an end to any hopes for Town and brought down the curtain on a miserable season in an apt manner.
However, Williams is adamant that he will not take the decision on his own future out of chairman Lee Power’s hands.
“I personally couldn’t look at myself if I (walked away),” he said.
“There are people who are desperate to work in this game, millions of them. There are people who are desperate to work, not just in football.
“For me to turn my back on employment, to turn my back on football, to potentially walk away from Swindon Town Football Club – who am I to do that?
“Who am I to turn down the opportunity to stand on the side of the County Ground with 8,000 people?
“I’ve got no right to walk away.
“If I’m told, ‘your services are no longer required’, I have to dust myself down, lick my wounds and move on but I certainly don’t think, in this day and age, it is appropriate to turn your back on such an opportunity.”
Williams’ fate could be decided this week, with the Town head coach set to have a meeting with Power in the coming days, but the Swindon chief is not sure what is set to be on the agenda.
“I think I need to see how the discussion goes, first and foremost,” he added.
“If my views and opinions are offered up and the chairman would like to discuss them with me, then that’s what will happen.
“If not, I will see how the conversation unfolds.
“If my opinion is asked for, I shall be forthcoming with it but if not, I shall hold my tongue.
“I’m not somebody that turns my back on things and my understanding of life is that you’re employed and you work as hard as you possibly can until you’re told not to.”