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Top six favourites to become new Swindon manager revealed, includes ex-Prem players

The top six favourites to become new Swindon Town manager has been revealed and it includes a number of familiar ex-Prem players.

Finally, Ben Garner to Charlton was confirmed on Wednesday (8 June) and the Robins can finally look to finding a replacement.

The 42-year-old has signed a three-year contract at The Valley after his side lost to Port Vale in the League Two playoff semi-finals for 2021/22 and were the league’s top scorers.

Charlton have been without a manager since Johnnie Jackson left the club on the 3rd of May.


Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that Head Coach Ben Garner has left the club in order to join Charlton Athletic.

The two clubs have agreed terms on compensation, and we wish Ben all the very best for the future.

Ben took charge of Town last summer and, despite only starting his tenure with six players, led the club to the EFL Sky Bet League Two Playoffs and to within one game of Wembley.

We’d like to thank Ben for his considerable efforts during his time with us.

We also want to reassure fans that the search for a new Head Coach is well underway and we hope to make an appointment soon.

We want to make sure that this next appointment is right for the Football Club, so thank you for your continued patience and support.


Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the appointment of Ben Garner as men’s first team’s Manager on a three-year contact.

The highly-rated 42-year-old put pen to paper on the deal this week and will focus on getting the Addicks playing attacking football.

He joins Charlton after an impressive season at Swindon Town, where his side scored more goals, had more shots, more shots on target and more possession than any team in their league in 2021/22.

Speaking shortly after signing at The Valley, he said: “It feels fantastic to be here. I’m really pleased and can’t wait to get going. Charlton is a massive football club. Both in terms of history and tradition and just as importantly in terms of potential and scope looking forwards.

“Attacking football is what I believe in, that is how I think football should be played and I will be looking to implement that from day one, both home and away. There is no differentiation in terms of how we prepare, how we will play, we will be consistent and we want to attack. We want to have the ball as much as possible, creating chances, scoring goals and being on the front foot, playing with lots of energy without the ball. I want the team to be positive and confident, I want the fans to enjoy coming to watch us play.”

Charlton’s CEO and Owner, Thomas Sandgaard, explained that Garner’s side’s attacking intent factored into the club’s decision to select him over many other candidates.

He said: “We are obviously striving for a much better season. We will have the best chance of success by creating more chances and scoring more goals than we did last season. Ben’s track record for playing attacking football matches that. We were also impressed with his history of improving and developing players, his man-management and his wide range of coaching experience in the top four tiers of English football. He’s a talented, young manager, who is highly respected in the football world.

“Our intention is to get all our teams, through all the age groups, playing with an attacking style. I’m really looking forward to watching Ben implement that style with the men’s first team next season and integrating our young talent.”

Garner comes to the Addicks with a vast coaching experience across the football pyramid, that spans more than 15 years, and includes more than four years coaching in the Premier League, including a two-year spell as Assistant Head Coach at West Bromwich Albion.

He will meet the Charlton squad for the first time when they return for pre-season next Thursday. The team then travel to Spain on Saturday, June 25th for a week-long pre-season training camp.

In the meantime, Garner will work with the club’s recruitment team to make additions to the first team.

Top six favourites to become new Swindon manager

Ryan Mason – 5/4
Matt Taylor (Both) – 7/2
Paul Caddis – 4/1
Mark Delaney – 6/1
Mark Cooper – 16/1
Gianfranco Zola – 16/1

BetVictor also list those as outsiders: Sol Campbell (25/1), Richie Wellens (25/1), Michael Carrick (25/1), Sam Ricketts (33/1) and Kevin Thomson (33/1) as of Wednesday 8th June 1:30pm.

Swindon fans reacted on the managerial departure and with the top six favourites to become new Swindon manager revealed…

@STFCsammm: announce anyone 😂

@zanepinno5: Announce mason

@GeorgePBishop8: Announce Mark Delaney 😍

@loose_as: Interesting that no mention of SM & SL leaving. Where they are not headline news I would have thought it would get a mention. Could have been the hold up?

@JoshBlythSTfc: Took long enough thank you Ben ❤️

@sharpbe01: Announce Mark Delaney

@swindonrich: Can move forward now. Thanks Ben, did a very good job overall considering the circumstances.

@MartinCrook1208: In 99% of cases I would say thank you and I wish you all the best. In this case I don’t. After a disaster at Rovers we gave him a chance and a strong team. Pure ego in moving on and no hype to go with it. Prediction – sacked by December and will regret it. Annoyed 🖕 #stfc

@Thomas_Ayres84: Happy days bye bye 👋🏼 Now let’s see what clem and co have lined up for us 🔴⚪️ #Stfc #InClemAndRobWeTrust

@beckylawrence11: Good riddance

@pieman80: Good we can move on

@albie_f5: Announce Mason or Carrick

@Mattstfc91: Done a very good job in tough circumstances. Feel like if we hadn’t of made PO’s season would of been a failure. Was happy to give him another season to get us up but not overly bothered he’s left. Thanks BG and good luck. Onwards and upwards #STFC

@Official_EthanH: Announce Mason

@jiff1967: announce Campbell

@LilGreennn: Manager at 5 then please lads

@JamesSTFC: No concern him leaving from me. On the other note Charlton could be in the mud next season

@PjR1293: Can’t say I’m to bothered personally. Just abit disappointed we couldn’t see what he could do this season because realistically this is when he was going to be judged. It’ll be interesting to see who the club bring in now.

@joteddyuk: Thank god that drawn out fiasco is over. What time do we need to be available for the unveiling of the replacement?!

@dave01921275: Disappointed in Garner here. He received fantastic backing from the club who took a chance on him when many wouldn’t have. He’s been supported & said he’d bought into the clubs mission. Can’t believe this is life changing money for him. Wish Charlton well & very pleased it’s over

@soverncomfort: are you sure? We’ve not had confirmation from our owner’s wife yet #cafc

@HebbyGold: We’d all move jobs for a better location and more money so best of luck to him. Now we move on as #stfc is our focus. Onwards and upwards.

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