NEIL McDonald required no second invitation to join Swindon Town after manager Phil Brown painted the club in a positive picture to him, the new assistant manager has revealed.

McDonald, who previously worked with Brown at Bolton Wanderers under former England boss Sam Allardyce, was announced as the Town manager's new number two on Wednesday afternoon following the departure of Brian Horton.

The 52-year-old former Blackpool boss matched Brown’s comments regarding their unwritten promise of working together after going their separate ways when leaving Bolton, adding they both feed of each other’s style.

“I really enjoyed my time when we were at Bolton, I think there are only one or two people that can say they helped to create an England manager,” said McDonald.

“It was great the work that we did with Sam (Allardyce) over the years.

“But it’s not about ourselves, it’s about everybody around us. We’re trying to promote a team and take the club to the next level.”

McDonald’s last stint in football management occurred at Limerick FC in the League of Ireland Premier Division, where he eventually left his role in early January to join Graham Alexander at Scunthorpe United.

The former Newcastle United right-back also has Carlisle United, FC Ostersunds and Blackpool as teams he’s taken charge of.

But joining Swindon presents McDonald with a new challenge as he eyes guiding the Wiltshire club up the Football League.

He said: “Phil has painted the club in a very good picture to me.

“He was fortunate to have 10 games to have a look at the players, the club and the supporters, so he knows the club.

“He’s been very impressed, and he sold that to me in the conversations we had leading up to me deciding to join.

“He’s excited, certainly about the team itself. We’ll be trying to strengthen the team, though, after last season. It’s a big challenge.

“We certainly push each other. We have strong opinions on how we want to do stuff, but he’s the manager so things have to fall in line with how he wants to do things on the training field.”

McDonald’s first game as assistant boss will take place on Tuesday, July 3, as Town face Cirencester Town in a pre-season friendly.