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Swindon appoint ex-Spurs boss as director of football

Tim Sherwood is back in the game. Credit: PA

Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has been appointed director of football at Swindon.

The ex-Aston Villa boss had been linked with the manager's job at QPR but has instead moved to the Sky Bet League One side and was presented to the media on Thursday afternoon.

The 47-year-old played with Robins chairman Lee Power at Norwich and had previously helped send players to the County Ground on loan while at Tottenham.

I've had other offers but it's an interesting project I've had a close eye on for four years since I started loaning players to this club. I've had a lot of discussions with a lot of clubs but I'm happy to be sat here.

Luke Williams (head coach) is at this club because of me, he was my recommendation. I came across him in a development phase of the game and I recommended him to Lee.

He is a very good coach and has a lot more to come. I am coming here to help out. I think it needs tweaking, possibly the style of play at times, sometimes we might need to flip the page a bit.

I think I can give him a helping hand in that.

– Tim Sherwood

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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."

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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
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