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SWINDON TOWN: Skipper backs the new boss
DARREN Ward has backed Mark Cooper to be a success in his new role as full-time manager of Swindon Town.
Cooper was handed the job permanently on Monday following meetings with chairman Jed McCrory and director of football operations Lee Power and unveiled to the local press the next day.
His appointment was met by a mixed response amongst Town fans - some of whom felt Cooper lacked the necessary Football League experience to take the club forwards.
Ward, however, is very supportive of the 44-year-old after working intimately with him since his arrival as number two to former boss Kevin MacDonald in March.
“I think he’s come across very well. All the players like him, he listens well and makes it very clear what he wants. That’s what you want as a player,” said Ward.
“Training is good, there’s a very good understanding and now he’s come in as permanent manager he’s going to look to stamp his authority on things and make sure he does everything he can to make sure we’re successful.
“I’m not too sure how long ago it was but I’m guessing it was several years ago. He’s a more experienced, mature guy now and he wouldn’t have liked that experience and he certainly wouldn’t want that to happen again.
“He’s got Luke Williams, who is a fantastic coach, with him and the staff around him. On top of that you’ve got a very good set of players.”
Ward will captain the Robins against Gillingham tomorrow knowing that the home fans will be crying out for a reaction after Town’s poor display at Shrewsbury last weekend.
“It certainly wasn’t to the standard we think we’re at. The performance wasn’t there and we’ve looked at it and worked incredibly hard on it,” he said.
“We analysed it straight after the game in the changing room for quite a while to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We gave the game away rather than Shrewsbury beat us. We gave them two goals, all over the pitch it wasn’t right. We’re honest enough and open enough to admit that.
“It’s up to the manager to decide what he wants us to do. We’ll make sure we work as hard as ever to make sure we put it right. One bad result doesn’t define a season and it certainly doesn’t make you a good or bad side.”
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