Mark Cooper: Swindon Town assistant given manager's job
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Mark Cooper has been confirmed as Swindon manager on a two-year deal.
The 44-year-old quit as AFC Telford boss in March to join Swindon as assistant to Kevin MacDonald.
Cooper was put in temporary charge in July following MacDonald's departure and has overseen two wins from their opening four games of the new season.
"We considered several candidates - all well qualified - but kept reverting back to Mark," chairman Jed McCrory told the club website.
"The manner in which Mark has conducted himself as caretaker manager after Kevin's departure left the board with little alternative but to offer him the job.
"His work-rate and commitment to the club has been phenomenal. The board feel that Mark is capable of leading the club into a what we hope will be a hugely successful season."
Cooper, a former Exeter City midfielder, started his managerial career with Tamworth before spells at Kettering, Peterborough and Darlington.
He had been in charge of non-league Telford for only 30 days when he left to link up with MacDonald, who was appointed as Paolo Di Canio's successor at the County Ground.
The pair led Swindon to the play-off semi-finals, but they lost out to Brentford on penalties after the two-leg tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.
MacDonald quit just days before the beginning of pre-season and Cooper was subsequently promoted.
Since the competitive campaign began, Swindon have won one of their three games in League One and secured a place in the second round of the League Cup with a 1-0 win over Torquay.
Precisely because STFC didn't go daft is why I wished them luck - though not too much! :-)
Going back to the article this is an interesting appointment but I suppose he has some knowledge of League One which is better than several managers who end up there.
I wouldn't say no one supports anyone outside the premiership, just that the BBC's coverage of the lower leagues is fairly lackluster!
Local news sites [such as: thisisstfc.co.uk] see good traffic with 100's of comments on their articles. I would suggest that lower league fans are bored of being overlooked.
That said, I welcome the appointment after the Di Canio show of recent times. Good luck to him.
I think you'll find Swindon play passing football on the ground. Doesn't always work but at least we play in the right manner ,not Hoof ball.
Im not sure about this appointment really it don't fill me with much comfidence il be happy with survival this season
He strikes me as a very decent and honest man. God knows that's what we needed. Feeling a lot more positive about the season ahead, even if Shrewsbury was a bucket of cold water.
Prem troll children, you are laughable.
Yeovil and Bournemouth were underwhelmed?
Gary Johnson and Eddie Howe are considered heroes at their respective clubs.
Cooper is a mini version of the clubman you really need.