SWINDON Town has announced Sandro Di Michele as the club’s new technical director.

Town say Di Michele will "oversee all football operations including recruitment, medical, analysis, and the academy" while also working closely with the club's head coach and chief executive officer, Rob Angus.

Swindon have been looking to replace former director of football Ben Chorley since his shock resignation last Monday.

Town owner Clem Morfuni was unable to shed any light on the reasons for Chorley's exit, simply saying it was down to "personal reasons."

Di Michele has previously worked as a consultant for a number of EFL and National League clubs, including as head recruitment analyst at Wigan Athletic.

Following a six-month spell at the DW stadium in late 2021, Town's new technical director set up his own company - Santoni Sports - where, according to his Linkedin profile, Di Michele "provided data lead recruitment consultancy for football clubs."

Before joining Wigan, Di Michele worked in the sports betting industry for almost 16 years across a range of positions.

In a statement released by Town, CEO Rob Angus said: “Following a diligent and thorough recruitment process it became very clear that Sandro was the standout candidate for the role.

“Sandro has a very successful track record in data driven recruitment at a number of clubs.

"His philosophy and understanding of the game is completely aligned with the culture of Swindon Town Football Club and he will play an integral role in bringing success to The County Ground.

“We are thrilled to have him on board at what is a very exciting time for the football club. Sandro will be heavily focused on a very busy transfer window for Swindon Town.”

Meanwhile, Di Michele said: “I am incredibly honoured and excited to accept this opportunity at Swindon Town.

"To be involved with a club that has such a rich history and an incredible fan base was an opportunity I absolutely could not let pass me by.

“When I met with chairman Clem Morfuni and CEO Rob Angus I was blown away by the philosophy and culture at the club.

"When I see what they have both achieved in a short period of time I knew this was a project I had to be part of. I cannot wait to get started!”