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WELLENS TALKS CONTRACTS

15 May 2019

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Richie Wellens described his first experience of retaining and releasing players as ‘not a nice one’.

The Swindon boss released ten players, offering contracts to four of the 2018/19 playing squad last week as he heads into his first summer as Town manager.

He did not enjoy the process but said he had to right by the football club:

“It’s not a nice experience because players’ livelihoods are at stake but I have to make the best decision for the football club. The easiest thing for me would have been to keep a lot of the players and it would have been a lot less hard work for me now, in terms of the recruitment over summer.

“That’s what’s right – but with no disrespect to the players, have they really contributed – we were relegated from League One and, in two seasons, we haven’t made the cut for the play-offs in League Two.

“That says to me that the players we’ve had weren’t good enough so I think it was time for a complete rebuild.”

“If I’d have given contracts out to players who have not been in those play-offs then I don’t think I would have been doing my job right.”


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