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Interim Head Coach

Gavin Gunning

First-Team Staff



Date of birth



185 cm



Republic of Ireland

Gavin Gunning joined Swindon Town as part of Scott Lindsey's coaching team ahead of the 2022/23 League campaign before two stints as Interim Head Coach in January 2023 and May 2023, before being appointed Interim Head Coach again in January 2024.

Gunning joined Blackburn Rovers from Crumlin United in January 2006, at the age of 15; it was reported as a "major coup" for Blackburn manager Mark Hughes as league champions Chelsea had also expressed an interest.

After featuring in the academy and reserve teams, Gunning was described as "one of the most promising prospects from Blackburn Rovers' Academy" and in 2008, signed a two-year professional contract.

He was given the number 29 shirt by Rover’s manager Sam Allardyce for the 2009–10 season, having been given number 42 the previous season, though it was thought to be likely that he would be sent out on loan.

On 22 January 2010, Gunning started his second loan spell during that season when he joined League Two club Rotherham United on an initial one-month emergency loan.

After making two appearances, his loan was extended until the end of the season.In the second leg of the 2009–10 League Two Play-offs against Aldershot Town, Gunning set up a goal for Adam Le Fondre, as Rotherham won 3–0 on aggregate.

Gunning was in the starting line-up in the play-off’s finals at Wembley Stadium, however, Rotherham were defeated 3–2 by Dagenham & Redbridge.

He would go onto play for Bury and Motherwell before joining Dundee United on a permanent where he would enjoy the majority of his football.

With injuries ruining spells at Birmingham City, Oldham Athletic, and a return spell at Dundee United.

However, an impressive spell at Greenock Morton would be Gunning’s way back into professional football as he would join Grimsby Town before going to Port Vale

Gunning became popular at Port Vale as a headed goal in a 2–0 home victory over Oxford United in the first round of the FA Cup and

In January 2018, Gunning signed an 18-month contract with League Two Forest Green Rovers. He made 21 appearances in the second half of the 2017–18 campaign to help Mark Cooper's Green avoid relegation by a one-point margin.

Gunning than would go on to play for Billericay Town, Solihull Moors, Gloucester City until eventually playing his last football game of his career for Chesterfield in 2022.

Since then, Gunning has played a vital part at Swindon, as he coached at the academy and also would be the role of interim Head Coach, this time being his third.


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