SWINDON Town have yet to offer their supporters any clues as to the future direction of the club in League Two after declining to address a series of questions put to them by the Swindon Advertiser.
Following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic, which merely book-ended a hugely disappointing campaign at the County Ground, the Adver was advised by the club that there would be no response to 10 initial questions we first directed to chairman Lee Power (pictured) following confirmation of their relegation from League One after the 2-1 home defeat by Scunthorpe United 11 days ago.
In a back-page editorial last week, the Adver urged Power and the club to improve engagement with supporters and answer a number of queries, on issues including the long-term vision for Town, the financial well-being of the club, the ongoing role of director of football Tim Sherwood as well as an invitation to sit down for a more detailed question-and-answer session to be subsequently published.
The club initially responded by saying that they would look to address the questions once the season was over but yesterday, chief sports writer Matthew Edwards was informed there would be no comment from the club.
Power has so far made no comment on the club’s relegation and future other than a short interview with BBC Wiltshire minutes after the Scunthorpe defeat which confirmed the club’s drop into English football’s fourth tier.
Sherwood also appeared on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme the next day, distancing himself from any involvement in day-to-day squad matters following his unveiling as director of football in November.
The Adver understands Power and Luke Williams are due to meet later this week at which the position of the head coach is expected to come up for discussion.
Williams indicated after the Charlton defeat that he had no intention of walking away from his current role and would leave the decision over his future in the hands of the chairman.
The list of players being retained by Town is also understood to be imminent, possibly this week, with the futures of the likes of skipper Nathan Thompson, striker Jonathan Obika and midfielder Yaser Kasim and defender Raphael Branco the centre of attention in particular.
Meanwhile Town youngsters Tom Smith and Jake Evans have returned to Wiltshire from their stint with League of Ireland side Waterford.
The 18-year-old duo crossed the Irish Sea on a temporary basis in February after trials with the First Division club, who are owned by Town chairman Power.
Smith, who made 12 senior appearances for Town before his move this season, and Evans, who has been with Town’s academy since the age of eight, said their farewells to Waterford after featuring in the side’s 3-0 EA SPORTS Cup defeat to Dundalk on Monday.
The pair were originally due to remain with the Irish side until June, but are among 13 players who are out of contract in Wiltshire this summer.