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Brown On Retained List

Gaffer Explains His Decision Making Process

17 May 2018

Town Boss Phil Brown has provided an insight behind the thinking that went into the club's reta

Five players were released this week while another six were offered fresh terms for next season with Brown explaining the process. 

"It is inevitable at the end of every season, albeit that it has been an unusual season, that there are going to be casualties," he told

"There are going to be people let go who probably thought the previous manager liked them and then the new manager didn't.

"It has been an unusual time over the last ten weeks but I've been analysing everybody's ability, everybody's character and, more importantly, their attitudes.

"Some of the attitudes I've witnessed I have released because of that.

"They aren't bad players by any stretch of the imagination, they have just come into a very difficult situation, I've come into a very difficult situation but I've got the support of the Chairman, I've got the support of the Chief Executive and now I've got a free run at it in regards to who I want at the football club.

"I hire on attitude, no doubt about it. The ability should take care of itself and some of the ones that have been offered deals have got tremendous attitudes, others that haven't been offered deals haven't had the right attitude and therefore they've left the club."

Brown also went on to explain why he offered midfielder Amine Linganzi a new deal after being impressed by his display against Accrington Stanley on the final day of the 2017/18 season.

"I offered Amine Linganzi a new deal based on the fact that I witnessed a system on the last day of the season where he commanded a presence in the centre of midfield with an aplomb that I'll need for 46 games next year," he added.

"I've offered him a contract that is going to be heavily based on him playing because if he's not playing then he's no good to me, he's no good to himself and he's no good to anybody.

"I want players who want to show Swindon Town fans what they are capable of."

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