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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

Police trying to locate Nile Ranger over assault claim

Former Premiership footballer Nile Ranger is being sought by police in connection with an alleged assault on a woman and criminal damage at a block of flats.

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger Credit: PA

The ex-Newcastle United striker - who now plays for Swindon Town in League One - has been reported to police by both a building management company and the Sunday Mirror, which reported that it had been given CCTV footage of the alleged incident, taken by a camera outside the flats.

It allegedly shows the 23-year-old footballer punching a woman and trying to repeatedly barge and kick the door to the flats in Gordon Gardens, Swindon, Wiltshire on April 13.

Chairman: Swindon move chance for McCormick to 'give something back'

Swindon Town's interim chairman Jeremy Wray said Luke McCormick's move to the club was a chance for the goalkeeper to "give something back".

Our view is that it is very easy to say that it's too difficult a subject to bother with. We debated it and came up with our view. We thought long and hard about it, and it has to be made clear that everybody's thoughts can only go to the family of those two young boys and their father who was badly injured.

Tragedy is a word used too often, but this was a tragedy and it can never be changed. He will live with what has happened every day of his life but he has the chance to give something back, to show the tragedies of drink-driving.

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