Swindon Town Chairman Lee Power has released the following statement to clarify the current situation at The County Ground…
Dear Swindon Town Fans,
Following the closing of the transfer window, I want to try and clarify where we are and what the plans are going forward.
Firstly, I want to promise you all that no one is more frustrated and disappointed with how this season has gone up to this point than I am. I have never tried to hide behind or blame anyone else for signings the club makes.
Until this window, I have been in sole charge of all player acquisitions. I have always consulted with the Manager and/or Head Coach and kept them updated with regards targets, but ultimately I have made the final call.
Tim has been in charge of all signings this window and will continue to be going forward, he has worked with Luke on each and every signing to ensure we get what is right for this club.
Unlike most Directors of Football, Tim was on the training ground which he felt was imperative when he first came in so that he could conduct the relevant due diligence and obtain a really good understanding of what was needed on the footballing side of the club. We have started to address the areas that need improving and will continue to do so.
Luke has full responsibility regarding the coaching of the players and the selection of the team and he will continue to do so.
Two years ago we nearly got promoted with a younger squad and lower wage bill because we recruited very well. I don't think what we are doing now is any different - we just need to do it better. I am confident that if we stay up this season then we will be nearer the top of the table than the bottom next season.
I still have absolute belief in what we are trying to do. I have continued to fund the shortfall this season as the wages have increased and understandably attendances have fallen. I will carry on doing this for as long as it is necessary to do so.
I know it doesn't seem like it at the moment but the club is the most secure it has been in a long time as we are debt free. Tim is working hard speaking to clubs almost daily trying to prepare for next season. I don’t live in the country so am unable give the role the time it deserves and even if I was Tim is far more suited to this role going forward.
Luke has now been given the right tools to work with to move us to safety and I believe he will do so. I know I am putting a positive spin on everything but I genuinely believe if we get through this season in this division we will be much stronger going forward.
We have 15 cup finals starting tomorrow night at Northampton until the end of the season. We need your support more than ever so please get behind the boys for the rest of the season. Thank you for your support.
Lee Power, Chairman.