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Swindon appoint new Director of Football

Swindon Town has appointed Tim Sherwood as the club's new Director of Football.

The recent Aston Villa and former Tottenham Hotspur manager will assume overall control of team affairs - including players transfers - at the struggling League One side.

Head Coach Luke Williams will remain in his post and answer directly to Sherwood.

Sherwood has never performed this role before. The Director of Football title is traditionally favoured in mainland Europe and has had mixed success in England.

The 47-year-old has been linked to this Swindon job for well over a year.

He's a long term friend and former team mate of club owner, Lee Power, and loaned young Tottenham Hotspur players to Swindon whilst in charge of the north Londoners.

Sherwood has already confirmed that he will take a hands-on approach to coaching and training, that he hopes to bring in the players he wants as soon as possible, but that he intends to stay out of the dug-out on match days.

Swindon have managed just four league wins this season from 16 games played and currently sit in the League One relegation zone.

There was a fantastic atmosphere here at the football club. If we could get back to that it would only help out them players who need to play with confidence.

– Tim Sherwood

The Robins host Eastleigh in an FA Cup 1st round replay on Tuesday evening.

Sherwood previously managed Aston Villa