Swindon Town interview ex-Ipswich, Newcastle, West Ham, QPR, M’boro player Kieron Dyer for the job as manager, currently vacant.
According to some reports, the former footballer is one of the many candidates holding talks with the League Two outfit following Scott Lindsey’s departure to league rivals Crawley town.
Marc Bircham, a former QPR coach, is also seen to be one of the favourites according to various bookmakers this week.
— Stuart Watson (@Stuart_Watson) January 12, 2023
According to the Swindon Advertiser, ex-Crewe boss David Artell and England U19s boss Ian Foster, as well as former Swindon player Matt Taylor, are in contention.
Dyer stepped down as Town’s Under 23s boss back in March and last year recently spoke out about his mental health and how his hometown club made him feel ‘mentally damaged’ snubbing him for the role of caretaker boss when Paul Cook was axed.
In October 2021, the 44-year old revealed that he would need a liver transplant for primary sclerosing Cholangitis.
He told talkSPORT in October that his blood tests were positive and that he has has suspended plans to have a transplant. See more on that update by clicking HERE.
The ex-England international – who has appeared on TV shows I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, and SAS: Who Dares Wins – is working towards his UEFA Pro Licence badge.
Sources have told The Real EFL six names (of the seven) that have so far been contacted by Swindon:
David Artell (not part of the initial interview list but was contacted)
Ian Foster (interviewed)
Kieron Dyer (interviewed)
Chris Hughton (contacted, interviewed, claims he’s unable to bring his full contingent of coaching staff)
Marc Bircham (interviewed)
Swindon currently sit 8th in the League Two standings, and are only outside the play-off spots on goal difference.
The Robins are aiming to appoint their new Head Coach before the end of next week, with Chief Exec Rob Angus explaining why there was a delay in Scott Lindsey’s exit, and where they’ve got to in the search for his replacement.
Rob Angus: It takes some time to work those things out. You’ve got to go through legal protocol. You’ve got to make sure that you don’t say stuff that could impact any monies that are due to the club. Scott made, obviously, the decision to leave, and now we’re looking for a new head coach who can push us and far most a promotion.
Interviewer: Yeah, for it to happen midseason when you’re in the playoff places, some fans would say maybe that’s not ideal. Was it a difficult decision to let him go?
Rob Angus: I think it was, but only when someone wants to go, then you have to respect that.Now we look forward. We’re in the process of identifying the next manager who can take us forward, get us the promotion, work with a great, talented young squad that we have, plus a great player that we brought back in Charlie Austin. We’ve got a really good squad of players. I think it’s a very attractive job and we’re well poised to get ourselves out of this division.
Interviewer: It what’s the sort of time scale on it?
Rob Angus: There’s been a lot of interest. I would hope in the next week or so that we’ll get it all tied down, but we’ll find the right person that’s got the person that can work with the existing squad we’ve got. And I think there are the elements here for the right head coach or manager to come in, take those elements and drive us to promotion.
Interviewer: Does it have to be someone with a big CV or might you be looking at an up and coming…
Rob Angus: We’ll look across both and take aspects and understand the best in the market to take us forward.
📺Swindon Town are aiming to appoint their new Head Coach before the end of next week.
— Alistair Durden (@alidurdenBBC) January 13, 2023
This is what fans had to say as Swindon interview the ex-Ipswich, Newcastle, West Ham, QPR, M’boro player for the job as manager…
@mitchellsingh89: Clem, Charlie & Rob Angus all out in last 24hrs talking to the media mentioned promotion push. At least they reacted to the situation and got out to do some damage control! Progress? Regardless of your feelings towards SDM & the situation let’s be loud tomorrow for the boys #stfc
@PolleyMatt: Highly unlikely, PSC doesn’t follow a straight degenerative pattern. It’s volatile and sporadic. It can be dormant for a long period of time and then escalate very quickly. Can’t think of many doctors that would give you a definitive time scale.
@LittleJames__: That will end in a large amount of tears.
@ollie_cutts: If he gets it I’m sure @cam_humphreys will get a loan
@lowieblue: Hope he gets it, to prove himself and to move on.
@kevin_hurst: Even if he gets it, he will quit when it gets tough
@Ash83STFC: I tell you what though, the next appointment is big for Clem. If he’s of this philosophy 6 months in then he’s not what or who I thought he was going to be. Appoint a UEFA coach for nurturing or appoint a ‘Manager’ they are the options on the table #stfc
@RobertoBowden: A horrible looking shortlist for me. If it had to be one of those, Artell for me as the rest should be non runners. I know nothing about the England chap but I’ll choose him 2nd!
@IamStevie_B: It’ll be the cheap option Ian Foster
@stfcjamie: Hadn’t seen Ian Foster’s name mentioned before. Looks a decent candidate to me
@carlosgrimbo: Will reserve judgement on the new Head Coach until they are in the role. However, I firmly believe even an average HC will get this squad promoted. We have a good mix of potential and experience and if that handbrake is let off I believe we will start flying. #stfc #backthenewman
@scot_munroe: I don’t think Marc Bircham would swap sunny Como for Swindon anytime soon. Coaching second division Italian football with cesc Fabregas in your side to league two football in England. Can’t see it happening. but could be proven horrifically wrong #stfc
@TrevorSTFC: All joking aside, if it comes to pass, Bircham, as with all other appointments will get my full support until I feel otherwise. You never know, he might be out next legendary manager. I am however, very uncomfortable with the Waterford connection, this can’t be coincidence. #stfc