SWINDON Town defender Mathieu Baudry says “there is no mystery” when a team gets relegated and that “a lot of changes need to be made” for the club to bounce back next season.

Town saw their fate sealed on Saturday after a 5-0 defeat by Baudry’s former club, Milton Keynes Dons.

And after making his first start for almost four months, the Frenchman only lasted 25 minutes at Stadium:MK before being taken off due to a poor performance.

Baudry admitted the season has been disappointing both on a personal level as well as for the whole team, and said mistakes have been made on and off the pitch that have led to an immediate return to League Two for Town.

He said: “It hurts, but all the season has hurt. It’s not like we haven’t seen this coming, it’s been like this since the start of the season and before the season started.

“When you go down like that, it’s from top to bottom. It’s not down to one reason, there are a lot of changes that need to be made.

“It’s difficult to take, it’s not nice, especially after what we did last season. To come down straight away is difficult to take, and especially with the way its gone.

“But we need to regroup, come back stronger and try to come back again.”

Following Baudry’s early exit from Saturday’s heavy defeat, there were some immediate concerns that the 33-year-old had tweaked a hamstring problem that kept him out for the second half of the season.

The Frenchman clarified the situation, saying he was not injured but had just endured a tough start to his return.

Several returnees from last season have suffered injury issues this term, and Baudry said the club has failed to build on its success, as Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle have done this term.

Baudry said: “When you go down like this over 46 games like this, there is no mystery. It’s not one or two players’ fault, it’s a collective effort.

“It’s come from the top of the club to the bottom. Some mistakes on the pitch, some mistakes off the pitch, it’s difficult to point it out.

“But when someone goes down after 46 games, it’s hard to put your finger on just one reason.

“You can say we haven’t really built on last year like some teams do when they get promoted, but it’s not for me to say. There are a lot of different factors, so it’s hard for me to say.”