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DAN THE FAN: We need a leader sooner rather than later

WHEN the referee blew the full-time whistle on Tuesday night - confirming Town’s 1-0 home defeat to Bury the County Ground, it was interesting to see all the different reactions from around the ground.

Some people decided to vent their anger by booing, others clapped as a sign of respect for their team and some just stood in disbelief at what they had just witnessed for 95 minutes.

Football brings out lots of different emotions in people, and most of those have been on display at SN1 over the last few weeks.

It was pleasing to finally see the new board of directors being unveiled at the club on Monday afternoon.

All the new directors at the club came across well and spoke passionately about wanting to succeed at Town, and seemed to be real football people.

The consortium led by new Chairman Jed McCrory has been given a unique opportunity at Swindon Town.

Normally new boards come into a failing club/business, but currently Town are in a strong position in the league, and the club have a great chance of promotion.

But after an average performance last Saturday and a dreadful display on Tuesday night, I have no doubts that the club needs a new leader to take it forward.

I’m sure the new board would have hoped the team of Darren Ward and Tommy Miller would of been a success, and then they could have made a full-time appointment in the summer.

But with that option no longer available the new man needs to ideally be in charge by at least the home game against Walsall in 10 days time.

As I mentioned last week, I’d like to see the club make an approach for Paul Tisdale at Exeter City, but that looks like an unlikely appointment due to his commitment to the Grecians.

So who else would be a serious contender to take Town into the Championship this season?

One name mentioned a lot over the past week has been former Leeds and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has apparently contacted the club over the vacant position.

A year after retiring Hasselbaink started to earn the various coaching qualifications needed if he was going to become a manager, and was a coach at Nottingham Forest from July 2011 till January 2013.

He’s clearly got the qualifications needed but he’s lacking in real management experience, but of course so did Paolo Di Canio, and he turned out to be a master in his craft.

I’d be happy to see him take over, but ideally he’d need a very experienced number two, who knows the football league back to front alongside him.

Another name mentioned has been Steve Coppell, who is currently Director of Football at Crawley Town.

I can’t see this deal happening due to comments made after he left Bristol City, saying he isn’t interested in a return to full-time management.

But if he were available to become Director of Football at Town, that’s something the club would have to pursue.

Other names such as Mike Newell, Kevin Blackwell, Paul Buckle, and Terry Butcher have all been mentioned, even old greats such as Ossie Ardiles and Glenn Hoddle.

Personally I hope they go for someone young and fresh in the world of football management, who would have a wise, old head alongside him.

Who ever the new man turns out to be, his appointment has to be the right one with promotion from League One this season looking more open than ever before, and Town can’t afford to be left behind once again.

Don't forget you can follow me on Twitter @danjohnson_stfc.

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