Swindon Town chairman Lee Power has confirmed to the BBC that a decision on a long-term replacement for Martin Ling will be made next week. Ling resigned from his role on Wednesday because of ‘health reasons’.

Power recently revealed that Ling decided to depart the football club as ‘the pressures of the job were not good for his health going forward’. It has also been revealed that coach Luke Williams will oversee this weekend’s match against Port Vale and that there is a ‘big possibility’ of him remaining in charge until the end of the season,

“They’re (Williams and fellow coach Ross Embleton) happy to take the team on Saturday and then we’ll have conversations next week about what we’re going to do until the end of the season.

Because it’s happened so quick we’re just focused on getting the lads ready for Saturday’s game.

I had the conversation with Luke and he’s happy now, as Ross is here as well, so it’s not like he’s doing it on his own.”

Ling had enjoyed a decent run in terms of results since his appointment last month, winning five out of the nine games since he took charge. He guided the Robins out of the League One relegation places and got them looking up the table, compared to looking over their shoulders.

Chairman Power was recently caretaker manager himself, taking charge of three games after Mark Cooper was sacked from his role. However he insists this is a complete different situation,

“It’s a different scenario this time to when I took charge of the team.

That was due to the fact there were a lot of injuries and uncertainty and I came in to take it on the chin as results were poor at the time.”

It is likely that Williams and Embleton will take over until the end of the season, when the situation will be reassessed, leading to them taking over longer-term or a new man from the outside being brought in.


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