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Swindon Town manager walks out on club after less than a month in charge

Swindon Town manager walks out on club after less than a month in charge just days after he revealed he was looking forward to the season.

The former Colchester United chief John McGreal only joined the Robins on the 26th of May. But he and assistant Rene Gilmartin have now departed.

Swindon were relegated last season after going up as League Two champions in 2019-20. Long-serving chief executive Steve Anderson has also left the club, it was confirmed today.

Owner Lee Power is currently facing FA charges regarding the ownership and funding of the club.

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Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that John McGreal and Rene Gilmartin have agreed to mutually terminate their contracts with the club.

We would like to thank both, for their hard work and professionalism during their short stay at the County Ground under very difficult circumstances. We would like to wish them both the best for the future.

“This is a decision we both have made, as we feel we are not able to carry out our duties as Manager and Assistant Manager. Our intention from day one was to build a football team to compete in this league, but unfortunately due to the current circumstances the club is facing, we do not feel we are able to do that.

As mentioned earlier this week, we have signings ready to be announced, however the legal proceedings involving the ownership has not allowed us to do so, making our positions at the club untenable.” – John and Rene.


Swindon Town can confirm that Chief Executive Steve Anderson has left the club.

We would like to thank Steve for his hard work, personal commitment and dedication to STFC since August 2013. He has built a strong foundation for future success of the club through evolving our marketing, improving operations and creating a strong strategic direction.

We would also like to recognise his leadership through the current challenges and uncertainties presented by COVID-19.

“It has been a privilege to serve STFC for nearly 8 years. I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and support, particularly during the challenges presented by COVID-19. I am proud of you all and it’s been an honour to work with you” – Steve.

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Fans reacted as the Swindon Town manager walks out on the club after less than a month in charge…

@JayPickburn: Come on lads. Now for the hat trick

@caitlinjjwebb: This is sad! Work this out pls 🥲

@Richard77256488: Your owner ruining your club. As a argyle fan i feek bad for u all

@bringbackngoo (Oldham fan): We have ourselves a challenger for our annual ‘Most Managers in a Season’ award #oafc #stfc

@jillshail: Power out. The club is a disgrace, feel sorry for them but don’t blame them, nobody can work under these circumstances. We are a laughing stock

@DrewZinski: Undefeated

@joteddyuk: The manager leaves without even managing a game. Can only hope it’s because Power brought him in and he knows Power is on his way out? Stop prolonging this debacle and just fuck off now Power. This needs to end.

@Albie_STFC: Still done a better job than Sheridan

@c_lans7: Clubs dying for all to see

@Mikepjones96: Hope you get your club sorted quickly, banter aside. It’s not nice to see a team being run like this. All the best from a Bristol Rovers fan

@neilmcc87: You have got to feel sorry for whoever is in charge of the @Official_STFC twitter account. Every piece of news that comes out of the club is embarrassing and takes us to a new low. They must cringe every time the club asks them to make an announcement

@Adamarriba_: Lump on relegation. Looks a cert as things stand. Club in rapid decline

@Stfconly: No quote from anyone? No chairm… sorry. No CEO… sorry. How about Mildy?

@alexwest88: What on earth is going on at your club? From a notts county fan (who has experienced more than our fair share of drama)

@pieman80: Reads horrible

@Simmsy09: Embarrassing seriously sort this out we are being run to the ground and if not sorted very soon our football league status in serious jeopardy


@ChisieWeirdo: As predicted by many over the past 8 years- it looks likely that Power’s ownership will end with us heading into the non league. Not surprising in the slightest

@stevecollins88: Announce Power Out

@GeorgePBishop8: Feel sorry for the bloke, he genuinely couldn’t believe he landed the job. Good luck to him.

@SwindonSparkle: But what about the ‘hope’ of signing a few players in the next few weeks? Was all this a smoke screen?

@TomFarmer2712: more pointless signing- freeman or mcgreal?

@PeterHuggins_1: Announce Hancock

@swindonrich: Unbeaten record. Good work fellas.

@mrjacktanner: Most successful manager we’ve had for a long time

@_jackstfc: Omg it’s happening

@LiamHartley3645: Thanks for all the memories John 🙏🏼

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