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Mark Cooper leaves Swindon Town

Swindon Town and manager Mark Cooper have Credit: PA

Swindon Town and manager Mark Cooper have "parted company".

Swindon confirmed the news after their 2-0 defeat against Millwall yesterday. The team's website says "Swindon Town Football Club have this evening parted company with manager, Mark Cooper. A full statement from the football club will be made on Monday."

Swindon have lost the last eight games, and are 20th in the table.

Cooper's been in charge of the club since August 2013. There are reports that chairman Lee Power will take over temporarily.


BREAKING: Former Swindon Town manager Andy King dies

Andy King managed Swindon Town in the early 2000s. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy King, a former manager of Swindon Town FC, has died at the age of 58.

The football legend who managed Swindon Town a couple of times between 2000 and 2005, is believed to have suffered a heart attack earlier today. Before his work as a manager he enjoyed a long playing career that included a legendary stint at Premiership side Everton during the seventies.

Tributes have been paid to him on Twitter by clubs and fans.


Swindon Town prepares for playoff final at Wembley

Swindon Town's Michael Smith celebrates after scoring Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Excitement is growing in Swindon as the town's football team prepares for the playoff final at Wembley on Sunday.

Swindon booked their place in the League One play-off final after an incredible 5-5 draw with Sheffield United – a result which saw them through 7-6 on aggregate.

But the thousands of fans who are heading to Wembley face travel chaos. There are no trains out of Swindon because of engineering works.

First Great Western are urging fans to still travel by train – albeit with their journey starting with a rail replacement coach service which will take them to Reading.

A win at Wembley on Sunday will see them join Bristol City in the Championship next season.

Swindon's Ricketts: I didn't even know score

Swindon Town's Sam Ricketts says he didn't even know the final score of their semi-final match against Sheffield United until he came off the pitch.

They faught out a ten goal thriller against United in the second leg of the semi-final. It finished 5-all on the night and 7-6 on aggregate, making it the highest scoring play-off match ever.

Meanwhile, manager Mark Cooper said a play-off final win would be a "ridiculous achievement."

Glenn Hoddle congratulates Swindon on win

Former England manager and Swindon player Glenn Hoddle congratulated his old club last night following their success against Sheffield United.

Swindon drew 5-5 giving them a 7-6 victory on aggregate. The result sees them through to the play-off final.

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