MATT Taylor is to take charge of Swindon Town on a temporary basis while the club begins a search for a new manager.

The appointment comes in the wake of the resignation of David Flitcroft and his subsequent appointment at League Two rivals Mansfield Town.

A statement released by the club this morning read: “Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that it has accepted the resignations of manager Dave Flitcroft and his assistant Ben Futcher.

“We are extremely disappointed at the timing of this with the club currently lying in a play-off position, with an automatic promotion spot still a realistic goal.

“Swindon Town can confirm that Matt Taylor has taken over first-team affairs on a temporary basis whilst we search for a permanent replacement to take the club forward.

“We are committed to finding the right man to not only help the club achieve our short-term aim of promotion back to League One but to also take the club forward with the club's long-term future in mind.

“Swindon Town won't be making any further comment at this stage.”

Experienced defender Taylor will now take charge of first-team responsibilities at the club for the immediate future, with Town due to host Yeovil Town on Saturday.

Taylor has made more than 300 appearances in the Premier League during his career after stints at Portsmouth, Bolton Wanderers, West Ham United and Burnley.

The now 36-year-old was signed by Flitcroft on a free transfer last summer and has since gone on to make 31 appearances for Town so far.