After enduring one of the worst seasons in the club’s history on and off the pitch, then to be followed by months of uncertainty surrounding the club’s future, myself like every other Swindon Town fan breathed a huge sigh of relief and punched the air when the news came through last week that Swindon Town was under new ownership.
And after all the hard work put in by many, many people, Clem Morfuni finally owns and is Chairman of our great football club.
This truly feels like a momentous time for Swindon and the fans, as you can feel a sense of excitement growing for the new season ahead and I can’t wait until I take my seat at Glanford Park to witness the first game of the Morfuni era.
Along with our new owner and Chairman, comes a new man at the top, a new CEO, and as first signings go by the new owner, this certainly ranks at the top.
When I first heard the news former Trust STFC vice-chairman Rob Angus had been appointed I was overjoyed at the thought of someone who’s in charge of day-to-day operations at the club who is a true fan, and someone who deeply loves the club he is serving.
After being involved in a tiny way in the Trust since this column was launched a few years ago I know for certain this is an appointment that will serve the club perfectly in the months and years to come.
Along with a new owner and CEO we have a new manager or as he’s been titled, a new Head Coach in Ben Garner.
I remember when he was appointed at Bristol Rovers casually looking at his background as I hadn’t heard of him and thinking with his pedigree of coaching, surely, he’d make a successful manager.
But like many before him, his first leap into management ended in disappointment, but unlike a lot of people trying to make it in the dugout, he’s been given a second chance to lead aside and show what he can achieve as a No.1, which tells you a lot about the respect he holds within the game and his reputation as a first-class coach.
We can only hope he’s learned a lot from his time down the M4 and the partnership he makes with the new Director of Football Ben Chorley will be a successful one.
With so many rules on transfers and the takeover only being completed last week new arrivals at the club are understandably on the low side, but the standard of these players speaks volumes for the new Director of Football, and the quality he is looking to bring to the County Ground.
Jojo Wollacott wasn’t signed by the current set-up at the club but having him back is a welcome sight after his impressive showing last season at SN1 on an emergency loan.
The other new arrival between the sticks is former Exeter City man, Lewis Ward, after being on trial for most of pre-season the new management team must see Ward as someone who can challenge Wollacott for that starting place on 7th August.
Despite signing two keepers already I’m not sure we have finished with signings that will don the gloves this season, and someone with more experience will be needed as the season gets underway.
The other new signing is someone who is no stranger to the Town faithful after playing a key role in Mark Cooper’s 14/15 team.
The arrival of Ben Gladwin certainly came as a welcome surprise as the attacking midfielder signed a one-year deal on Monday.
With the former Blackburn Rovers man having a terrible time with injuries since he left Town his arrival is a gamble, but with the current state of the first team and knowing what Ben can produce when on form it’s a gamble the club had to make, and I think will turn out to be a great piece of business.