Mark Cooper: Swindon Town boss calls for perspective

Mark Cooper
Mark Cooper took over at Swindon Town in August 2013

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper has called for perspective after losing their fifth league match of the season.

Last season's League One play-off finalists released 10 players in the summer, sold another two and saw six loanees return to their parent clubs.

And Cooper says the huge turnover of players as well as issues with their new recruits needs to be remembered.

"We need to have some perspective, we've lost 80% of the team that got to the play-off final," he said.

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"We've replaced them with some young guys who have not played any senior football and it was a similar situation when we first came together in that first season," the 46-year-old told BBC Wiltshire.

Cooper has problems with several of his squad who are either injured, away on international duty or have returned to their parent clubs.

Young midfielder Jordan Stewart has also gone back to Ireland after failing to settle in Swindon, and the club will be looking to move him on when the transfer window opens in January, reports BBC Wiltshire.

"On top of that we've lost Nathan Thomson, Wes Thomas, Jordan Williams, Kevin Stewart, Fabien Robert, Yasir Kasim and Louis Thomson this week," Cooper said. "When you do that to any squad it is going to take time to settle down.

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"The team last season did incredibly well to get to the play-off final and we surprised everyone by getting there.

"It's important now to have some realism about what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go. It will get better. We have to roll our sleeves up and work very hard."

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