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Kevin MacDonald leaves Swindon Town

Kevin MacDonald has left Swindon Town. Photo: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Swindon Town manager Kevin MacDonald has left the club by mutual consent after just 14 games in charge.

The Scot missed last night's 2-0 friendly defeat at non-league Forest Green Rovers, with a club spokesman insisting he was missing for personal reasons.

Reports claimed the 52-year-old was considering his position, and the club has now confirmed his departure following talks with chairman Jed McCrory.

Assistant Manager, Mark Cooper, will take charge until a replacement is found.

Swindon Town Football Club can confirm that after further meetings with the Board of Directors today, Kevin MacDonald has left his position as First Team Manager by mutual consent.

The Club would like to thank Kevin for all his hard work during his time at Swindon Town and wish him all the best for the future.

Kevin would also like to thank the Directors, staff, players and supporters for the backing and support they have given him over the last few months.

The process to find a replacement for Kevin will begin immediately and Mark Cooper will be placed in temporary charge of the team until that process is complete.

– Swindon Town statement

Former Aston Villa coach MacDonald was the surprise choice to replace Paolo Di Canio in the hotseat after the Italian's resignation in February.

He kept Swindon in the League One play-off places, but the Robins were beaten by Brentford in the semi-finals.

MacDonald was rumoured to be unhappy about having little say in the club's transfer policy. Several players have arrived from Tottenham Hotspur, while defender Aden Flint was sold to West Country rivals Bristol City. Fellow defender Paul Caddis is the latest name to be linked with a move away from the County Ground.

MacDonald's record as Swindon Town manager:

  • Won 4
  • Drew 5
  • Lost 5
Kevin MacDonald in his first game in charge of Swindon Town, a 2-1 win at Coventry City. Credit: Tony Marshall/PA Wire