New Swindon Town Manager Dave Flitcroft was officially introduced to members of the media at a Press Conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Chairman Lee Power was also present and swindontownfc.co.uk have rounded up the key points from Flitcroft’s unveiling…
LEE POWER ON APPOINTING DAVE FLITCROFT:
“After relegation we had to take a review of everything that was happening at the football club.
"You obviously get relegated for a reason and there were a number of mistakes that happened last year and a number of people involved in them but, at the end of the day, I sail this ship and I’ve got to take full responsibility for that.
“We find ourselves now in League Two which is a completely different proposition to League One and I needed to find someone that is well versed in getting promotion and David obviously got Bury out of this league.
“His teams are always fit, experienced, dogged and his knowledge was second to none and I just felt that is what we need for this season coming up.
“We’re delighted to have him.
“I like to think the mood is upbeat and you’ve got to move on. Of course we’re disappointed (about relegation) no one was more disappointed than me, but you have to move on and you have to look at the mistakes that were made and try not to make them again.
“We feel that we’ve got the right man now to try and get us back at the first attempt and David will be doing everything he can to get us back to League One.
“I spoke to David, it took a long time and I spoke to him two weeks prior to him being appointed, we had long conversations and we both came to the right decision.
“We’re delighted to have him.”
FLITCROFT ON THE WORK HE’S DONE SO FAR:
“You are never away from it. I’ve been working for Leicester City on the recruitment side and I’ve never been away from the game.
“Whilst I was out in America I’ve had people back home looking for players and slowing down some of the deals that were pretty imminent, so we’ve been able to speak to the players and slow those deals down until I’ve got back.
“The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind in terms of bedding myself in Swindon and meeting players and getting some real work done in terms of recruitment, because that is the real key priority for me now as a manager to build this squad.”
FLITCROFT ON NEW SIGNINGS:
“We will be patient with it and we’ve got to get the right ones.
“What we have got here is a core of young players, dynamic players who have understood the way to play football a certain way.
“What I’ve got to do with that group of players is make them see the other side of the game, the beauty of the other side of the game and teach them my methods, my methodology and my values.
“I’m looking forward to meeting them in two weeks but I’ve got to get that balance right between experience and the leadership role in the team and in the group.
“That’s why we’ll be methodical with the recruitment, we’ll do our due diligence, we’ll speak to the right people and initially it has been about making new contacts and a new network down here.
“That is something I’ve been excited by in terms of the people who have picked up the phone wanting to help us and wanting to help Swindon and wanting to help me personally.
“We’ve got a lot of friends out there that are going to help us.”
FLITCROFT ON HIS VALUES AND METHODOLOGY:
“Anyone who has been successful has been built on hard work and honesty. There are two sides to football – in possession and out of possession.
“I love a team that is expressive, I love a team that can attack teams and play fast flowing football, but I also very, very truly understand the words structure and substance.
“That has been a massive part of my life, not just my football life, but in terms of my work ethic and where I’ve come from and my background.
“I’ll be teaching these players about more than football. I’ll be teaching them about life and that we all stick together.
“That’s the team I want and I wasn’t a fantastic player but I valued the team and the team ethic and these players will understand that they have to value the team and what it means to put on a Swindon shirt and what it means to play for Swindon Town.”
FLITCROFT ON WHY ONLY HAVING TEN PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT ISN’T A PROBLEM:
“It is a huge plus because part of the first two weeks could have been getting players out that I didn’t want or people could be skulking around and not wanting to be here after relegation.
“I only want players who want to play for me, who want to play for the town and who want to play for the supporters.
“That’s why we’re all here, to serve the supporters and that is something that when they put that shirt on they will absolutely understand what they’ve got to do for Swindon Town and for each other.
“I’ve got to find those players, bring them into this squad and get working on that.”
FLITCROFT ON PRE-SEASON PLANS:
“It is going to be difficult and that is the only obstacle we are trying to move at the minute.
“I’m speaking to Kenny Jackett to try and get a game at Portsmouth but they are actually trying to lose a couple of games from their programme.
“I’ve spoken to Lee Johnson at Bristol City and Darrell Clarke to try and get games against them, even if they are behind closed doors and even if I’ve got to take them to the training ground.
“I’ve got to find a way of getting some games into this programme.
“That’s the only difficult bit that I can see at the minute because everybody’s structure is in place and some teams are actually wanting to lose games, so we’ll get round that and we’ll make sure we’ve got enough games to work towards.”
FLITCROFT ON BRINGING BEN FUTCHER IN AS HIS ASSISTANT:
“Ben Futcher, who I worked with very closely at Bury and we were very successful together, is my Assistant and the only reason he’s not here is because he’s currently doing his Pro License.
“Ben is 6 foot 7 inches, he was a centre-half and he is from a footballing family which is important to me and defensively he will look at this team out of possession and we’ll get it right.
“He’s graduating on Wednesday night with his Pro License and qualifications are something that I’m into massively, so I’m looking forward to Ben getting down here and start grafting.”
FLITCROFT ON THE CONTRACTS OFFERED TO ROSSI-BRANCO, THOMPSON, KASIM, OBIKA AND HYLTON:
“I have spoken to Jon Obika and his agent. With modern day players now you have to go through their agent or agents, and Jon sees his future elsewhere.
“We’re struggling to get hold of Yaser Kasim’s agent but we’ve put the calls out to try and speak to him.
“We’ll know more next week on Nathan Thompson and I’m going to speak to Jermaine Hylton on Tuesday.
“We’ve moved heaven and earth to try and speak to Raphael Rossi-Branco’s representatives and we’ve not had that opportunity yet.
“They’ve not got back to me yet and there’s only so much you can do in terms of that, but I’ll give an update when we have spoken to them.
“I want to meet him personally and speak to him but if they feel that their future is somewhere else and they want to go, then I don’t want those players at the football club.
“Everyone I’m speaking to wants to commit to this plan and wants to commit to us and that’s vital.
“What happened last season has happened, it is gone and we just want to look forward now.”
FLITCROFT ON TOM SMITH AND JAKE EVANS:
“They have both got contracts on the table and we’re just waiting to close them off.
“I want to meet all of the young players and the next part to what I’m doing is to meet all the young players and see what they are prepared to do and what they are prepared to commit to.
“If they want to follow the new rule and the new line and want to work hard then they will be a part of what we’re doing.
“I’m desperate to meet the younger players and see what they’ve got in their locker.”
POWER ON CHANGE OF APPROACH:
“It is 100 percent different.
“Every decision will be down to David and it is literally a case of ‘here’s the keys and I’ll see you in August.’
“That’s how it will be.”
FLITCROFT ON WORKING WITH POWER:
“I’m from a family of tough love and when I spoke to the Chairman he speaks my language.
“He says it as it is and he tells you straight. That’s all I need to hear and I want to work for people and the relationship between myself and the Chairman will probably be the most important one at the club.
“There are some fantastic people here, I met all the staff yesterday and there are some real grafters at this football club.
“It is my job now to bring that together, bring the fans together and that’s what I’m here to do.
“I’m a people’s person, I love being around people and that’s what I’m going to have to work hard on but I’ve loved the last 48 hours down in Swindon.”
POWER ON TIM SHERWOOD’S ROLE:
“Tim has gone and the Director of Football role has also gone.
“When you’ve got someone like David (Flitcroft) who is well versed in League Two and in League One and has a promotion on the CV, then there is no reason why I have to have any involvement in that.
“David’s got the reigns and we look forward to seeing him try to get us up to League One.”
POWER ON PROMOTION BEING THE AIM:
“Promotion has got to be the aim because you can’t have a football club this size in League Two.
“It isn’t going to be easy. It is great because everyone is saying we’re one of the biggest, if not the biggest clubs in League Two but that doesn’t win you anything.
“You can’t go into Tesco’s and say you’re the Chairman of Swindon Town and get your food for nothing – it is one of those things.
“It could be a plus if everyone gets together and the supporters come out and back David and the team and we could make this place a fortress, but if it doesn’t go well then it can work against you.
“But we’re optimistic and we know what we’ve got and what we’re going to get. David will spend the budget wisely and we’ve got every confidence that he is going to do everything he can to get us back to League One.”
POWER ON THE BUDGET FOR NEXT SEASON:
“It will be one of the healthiest budgets in the league and it has got to be, otherwise there’s no point in us sitting here saying we’re going to do this and do that.
“No one knows what other teams’ budgets are but ours will be one of the healthiest.
“Hopefully now people can see that we’re going to back David and we need the supporters’ help. If they come through the gate, then it makes more funds available.”