Swindon Town have confirmed Richie Wellens as their new manager after a few days since Phil Brown was given the boot from the club.
Wellens has only managed one other club and that was Oldham Athletic. After a five-match unbeaten as caretaker, he was appointed at Boundary Park on a permanent basis in October 2017 on a two-year contract. However, he went on to be dismissed in June 2018 after Oldham got relegated to League Two.
Noel Hunt, who was assistant coach and player at Waterford, will be Wellens’ assistant.
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Richie Wellens is our new First-Team Manager.
— Swindon Town FC (@Official_STFC) November 13, 2018
Wellens said to the club’s website: “For me, it’s a great opportunity to manage a football club that is well-run, has a good infrastructure, and a tradition, over the last six or seven years, of playing a style that I want to play. I want to get the ball down, play positive, quick, passing football and bring results and success to this football club, because at this moment it is underachieving.”
“For me, that style of play is the most important thing, exciting the fans. I had my first job at Oldham, which was going fantastically well, but the pitch deteriorated very badly and I had to change the way I played.
“I didn’t want to do that – I won’t have that problem here because the pitch is in fantastic condition.
“I’ll meet the players and as quickly as possible, make them feel comfortable. They had a good weekend result and I want to continue that confidence – Thursday, Friday; we’ll look ahead to the Carlisle game.”
Football fans took to Twitter to give their views on the appointment. Some gave backing to the new boss, however some were stunned how he even managed to get the job – take a look at that reaction on the next page.
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