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Swindon boss Ling resigns due to health issues

Martin Ling. Credit: PA

Swindon Town manager Martin Ling has resigned due to health reasons.

Ling only took over at the County Ground on November 3 and guided the Robins to five wins in his nine games during his 56-day spell in charge.

Ling took time out for depression during his time as Torquay manager in February 2013 and the Swindon job was his first managerial role since he left Plainmoor.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Swindon Town have today been informed that Martin Ling has resigned from his position as first team manager due to health reasons."


Swindon part company with boss Cooper

Mark Cooper, left, has been let go by Lee Power, right. Credit: PA

Swindon manager Mark Cooper has left the club following Saturday's defeat at Millwall.

Cooper, 46, steered Swindon to the Sky Bet League One play-offs last season, but a 2-0 loss at the New Den has left them without a league win in six matches and one point above the relegation zone.

Chairman Lee Power is expected to take temporary charge of the team.

The club has yet to make a statement but said on its official Twitter site: "Swindon Town Football Club have (on Saturday) evening parted company with manager, Mark Cooper.

"A full statement from the football club will be made on Monday."


QPR make second swoop on Swindon

Ben Gladwin is moving up the Championship. Credit: PA

QPR have followed up the signing of Massimo Luongo by signing Ben Gladwin from Swindon Town, too.

The attacking midfielder was part of the Swindon team who made it to the League One play-off final and has signed a three-year deal at Loftus Road.

There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career. Playing is what it’s all about. Sitting on the bench is no way to improve your game.

Chris Ramsey is a fantastic coach and I’m sure he’ll improve me on the training pitch. I spoke to him earlier this week and was hugely impressed by what he had to say and where he sees me fitting in.

Everyone I’ve spoken to about QPR said it would be a good move for me. I can’t wait to get going here.

– Ben Gladwin

Police appeal for alleged victim to come forward

Police looking to interview former Premiership footballer Nile Ranger in connection with an alleged assault on a woman have appealed for the female captured with him on CCTV to come forward.

Video of the alleged incident appears to show a woman being punched by the 6ft 2in footballer outside an apartment block in Swindon at around 4am on April 13.

The 23-year-old also faces questioning in connection with criminal damage caused to a lift door, wall and a glass panel which was smashed at the property, causing in "the region of £2,000" worth of damage Wiltshire police said.

Read: Police appeal for alleged female victim to come forward

During the course of enquiries the company have supplied the police with a copy of CCTV of the incident which shows a man kicking and smashing the door and lift, and at one point punching a female who was with him.

Police have been making enquiries to locate the suspect. As a result a man, aged 23, from Gordon Gardens in Swindon will be contacted via his solicitor for interview by appointment in connection with the criminal damage and assault.

Police are keen to hear from the woman who was with the man on April 13 at 4am and would encourage her to come forward and speak to police.

– Wiltshire Police statement
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