As the full-time whistle echoed around the County Ground yesterday it not only ended our frustrating chase for a spot inside the playoffs but also continued the embarrassing trend of Swindon going backwards and not forwards as Town can’t now reach last seasons total of 68 points.
Town could finish higher than last season’s disappointing 9th place finish if results go dramatically their way and they win their last two games, but after witnessing their feeble performance yesterday we all know that isn’t going to happen.
It’s hard to comprehend after the rubbish served up last season that this current campaign would turn out worse than last season, but, thankfully, with one clear difference.
At the end of last season Phil Brown was the man in charge and although he wasn’t officially the full-time manager it was a given he would get the job, and under his management I couldn’t see any success at SN1, but under our current boss I’m far more hopeful for the future.
Since taking the job in November 2018 it hasn’t been plain sailing for the former Leicester City midfielder, as like all new managers, he’s made mistakes.
The biggest blemish on his CV at Town is our current run of results, as his side hasn’t won a game in five matches at the most crucial time of the season.
But despite this I’m fully confident Richie Wellens is the man to turn our fortunes around, based on the overall quality of the football since his appointment, and his business inside the January transfer window being impressive, by bringing in players such as Kyle Bennett, Theo Robinson and Danny Rose who have all played a key role since their arrival.
But importantly, when you listen to him on the radio pre and post match you can tell how much he cares for our football club and how hard he will work to earn promotion next season.
I’ve already mentioned since his arrival how much I enjoy his interviews, mainly for his straight talking approach to any question he gets asked, as he won’t stick to the normal PR spin we hear from most people inside the game, he’ll say it as he sees it.
As he explained yesterday the players who downed tools at the most important time of the season, and showed zero fight for the cause won’t be around next season.
Going by other statements he made yesterday, there will be big upheaval at the club over the summer, not only in playing staff but also in the general footballing philosophy that surrounds the club.
The biggest example of Wellens’ no nonsense approach is his handling of Lawrence Vigouroux since he turned down a new deal, and his attitude reportedly, plummeting off a cliff.
I’m not going to lambast Vigouroux, as I don’t have all the facts, it’s just a huge shame his time at Swindon has come to an end in this fashion after providing many entertaining moments over his four years at the club.
I hope he can go on striving to improve on and off the pitch, and I’m sure he will enjoy a long career inside the beautiful game.