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Swindon Town are 'shocked and saddened' by manager's resignation

Swindon Town Chairman, Lee Power, has released a statement following the resignation of manager Martin Ling.

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Martin rang me yesterday morning to let me know that he was resigning as manager. I was both shocked and extremely saddened but fully respected his decision.

In a very short period of time, Martin has done an excellent job by winning five of his eight league games in charge and moving us out of and away from the League 1 relegation zone. Martin has proved that he is still a very good football manager but sometimes in life, things are far more important than football and Martin felt that the stresses of the job were not good for his health going forward.

With his previous health issues, he felt that staying in the job was a risk he could not take for the sake of his family. Everyone at Swindon Town fully respects his decision and he will always be welcome back at the County Ground.

I have not spent as much time with Martin as I would have liked during his time in charge nor have I had the opportunity to nurture and develop a working relationship with him as I have been out of the country for most of his tenure. However, I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Martin. He is a football man through and through and is a very honest, hard-working man who loves Swindon Town Football Club. I saw Martin this morning and he asked me to thank his staff, the players and the supporters for their backing during his time at the club.

In the short term, Luke Williams will be in charge of the first team starting with Saturday’s game at Port Vale. The search for a new permanent manager has already begun and I hope to have the new man in place as soon as possible.

– Lee Power, Swindon Town Chairman

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Swindon Town manager Martin Ling resigns

Martin Ling had been Swindon manager for just 56 days Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Swindon Town manager Martin Ling has resigned for 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.

"Swindon Town have today been informed that Martin Ling has resigned from his position as first team manager due to health reasons."

– Club statement

Gaffney's double gives Rovers win over Orient

Here are the results from today's Bank Holiday Monday football matches:

It was a tough day for Bristol City in the Championship. They lost heavily at Burnley.

In League One, Swindon were also beaten away at Burton.

There was better news in League Two where Bristol Rovers beat Leyton Orient thanks to two goals from Rory Gaffney. Yeovil secured a hard fought point against second placed Oxford.

And in the National League there were wins for Cheltenham and Forest Green who beat Torquay and Kidderminster respectively.

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Football results: Good night for Robins and Rovers

Cheltenham's victory puts the Robins at the top of the National League. Credit: ITV West Country

It was a good night for our region as, two of our teams scored away victories.

Cheltenham Town have moved to the top of the National League with a 1-0 win away at Grimsby. Aaron Downes scored the only goal of the match.

In League Two, Bristol Rovers came from behind at Cambridge to win 2-1, Ellis Harrison and Matty Taylor with Rovers' goals.

Tonight's football: Losses for City, Swindon and Yeovil

Losses for City, Swindon and Yeovil. Credit: ITV West Country

In tonight's football, Bristol City have been beaten at Championship leaders Brighton.

Derek Williams gave City a half-time lead, but the home side scored twice after the break.

Elsewhere, managerless Swindon lost 2-1 at home to Oldham in League One, with Nicky Ajose supplying Swindon's goal.

In League Two, Bristol Rovers drew nil-nil with Notts County at the Memorial Stadium.

Yeovil are now in the bottom two after losing 1-0 at home to Mansfield. The Glovers conceded in the 10th minute of injury time.

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