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"Blank Canvas" Big Attraction For Flitcroft

New Gaffer Looking Forward To The Challenge Ahead At SN1

10 June 2017

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New Swindon Town Boss David Flitcroft has revealed that the chance to build a competitive squad from scratch was a major plus point when it came to taking the top job at The County Ground.

The former midfielder was announced as the Reds’ new Manager on Monday and he shed some light on the attractions that encouraged him to accept Chairman Lee Power’s offer.

“The chats that I had with the Chairman, it can be difficult when you own a football club to sometimes be honest and let people know exactly what’s gone wrong and talk about that in-depth and he did that with me,” he told

“When I understood the Chairman and the way that he is, he’s a man’s man and he tells it how it is and that’s the type of person that I wanted to work for.

“The blank canvas was a big attraction for me and my work is now solely focused on bringing the right characters and players in.

“Some people are saying that the fact there is no squad here is a bad thing but I looked at it as a positive, as I do everything, and we’re now working behind the scenes incredibly hard to bring in the right characters and we’re narrowing the search down at the minute.

“I’ve not got to spend amounts of time getting players out of the club that don’t want to be there.

“Sometime you go into a football club, there is a 23, 24-man squad and you might not want 50% of them so you’ve almost got to do your work and get them out first, but I don’t have to do that here.

“I saw that as a positive when I first chatted to the Chairman and that is something we’re working behind the scenes on a daily basis to make sure that we bring in both the right amount and the right players to the squad.”

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