Swindon Town Football Club officially unveiled David Flitcroft as their new manager today. The appointment was no secret having been announced by the club last week, but this was an opportunity to hear his vision for the club and also to hear from Chairman Lee Power as he looks to return Town to League One at the first time of asking, following relegation at the end of the season.
Flitcroft has experience of League Two having managed Bury. Taking charge in 2013 he avoided relegation and went on to win promotion into League One the following season. After a run of poor results he was sacked in November 2016 but is now looking to hit the ground running with Swindon.
He spoke about surrounding himself with positive people, educating his players in more than just football and instilling a pride in playing for Swindon Town, words that will hearten Swindon fans after a disappointing couple of season.
His first aim is to establish an identity for his side. Despite having just 10 players under contract Flitcroft was clear about how he wanted his side to play, pointing out that recruitment will be key.
Many fans might wonder how much control David will have at the club. Last season saw the introduction of Tim Sherwood as Director of football a role that was well intentioned but seemed to have little clarity. Chairman Lee Power confirmed today that not only was Tim Sherwood no longer involved with the club, there was no longer a Director of Football role at Swindon.
Power who took over a club losing £5m a year acknowledged that mistakes had been made and said in securing David as manager he was happy to revert to the more traditional role of Chairman, handing responsibility for player recruitment to the manager.
He also said money would be made available to the new manager with the aim of returning straight back to League One.
Speaking to lifelong fan Rob Hartley who attended the press conference there certainly seemed plenty of positives to take:
Also watching the press conference was former player Sam Parkin who was also impressed by what he saw:
It will be no easy task though, Swindon currently have just 10 players under contract, although David said he has already spoken to numerous players and agents, and they also have no pre-season fixtures lined up in order to prepare for life in League Two. A press conference full off potential and promise must now be transferred to recruitment and performances on the pitch.