SWINDON Town manager David Flitcroft has hailed the unwavering support he has received from chairman Lee Power since taking the helm at the club.

Power handed over responsibilities for transfer activity to Flitcroft after appointing him as Town’s boss last summer in order to best allow the former Barnsley and Bury boss to plot a promotion push out of League Two.

The chairman subsequently helped finance the arrivals of 17 new players in the early weeks of Flitcroft’s tenure, while more are expected to arrive this month now the transfer window has re-opened.

Not only that, Power has been a solid sounding board for Flitcroft in the wake of some tough results this season, most recently the heavy 5-0 defeat at home to leaders Luton Town on Boxing Day.

After a strong Christmas period which saw Town climb back into the play-off reckoning, Flitcroft feels that if anyone deserves to see the team achieve success this season it is his boss Power.

“I have had some fantastic meetings with the chairman and he has been brilliant,” said Flitcroft.

“Certainly after the Luton result, I needed support and someone to help me and I got unbelievable backing.

“He has led this thing, for me, brilliantly this season and in my darkest hours, at home to Barnet and Crawley, he was the first one to call me, and after Cheltenham away.

“He has led me and it is credit to him that we are challenging up there.”

With 21 league fixtures still to play between now and the end of the season, Town are well placed as they sit just a single point outside the play-off spots.

A haul of nine points out of a possible 12 over the Christmas and new year period has aided their cause and Flitcroft says the team must not slack off now and has urged his players to continue to knuckle down and keep plugging away until May.

“Every game is crucial. We want to win every game, we want to compete in every game,” said Flitcroft.

“It is a strange league and there are always some peculiar results. We have just got to take care of our business, focus on what we are doing and we are trying to do that.

“I will keep trying to improve the team, improve the squad, whether that is on the training ground or in the transfer market.

“Now we have got a chance to do that and I am just looking to keep making this thing better.”