Martin Ling has resigned from his post as manager of League One side Swindon Town, which was confirmed on the official club website. ‘Health reasons’ has been cited as the official reasoning, although the club will be releasing a further statement shortly.

The 49-year-old, who used to play as a midfielder for Swindon in his playing days, has only been in the management role since his appointment in November. Prior to this he was manager of Torquay United, where he was given leave after suffering from depression.

The Swindon Advertiser understands that the club will release a statement tomorrow, indicating further information regarding Ling’s departure.

Since taking charge, Ling won five of his eight matches in charge, successfully guiding the club out of the League One relegation places. He leaves the club five points above the relegation places and only nine points off the final play-off position, currently occupied by Peterborough United. His final game in charge was a 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion yesterday.

It is expected that first-team coaches Ross Embleton and Luke Williams will oversee first-team duties for the time being and both are more than likely to be taking charge of the team for Saturday’s trip to Port Vale.

Everyone at The72 wishes Ling all the best for the future and wishes him a very speedy recovery.

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