Swindon Next Manager Odds
The New Year proved to be a happy one for Luke Williams, who was handed his first first-team management opportunity by Swindon Town following the departure of Martin Ling, albeit on an interim basis.
The young manager turned the club’s fortunes around, winning six of his first ten matches in charge, which earned him the job on a permanent contract. However, despite guiding the club to safety last term, Swindon are facing a similar relegation battle this term and with just five points currently separating them from the relegation zone, things could quickly change for the club with a few poor performances.
The club appear to be behind Williams and there is still plenty of time for the 35-year-old to turn things around this season. However, with the prospect of relegation looming, the club will undoubtedly have a contingency plan in place should they need to part ways with Williams in the coming months.
The obvious choice would be Tim Sherwood, who joined the club as Director of Football in November. Despite offers from Championship sides, Sherwood decided to join Swindon’s ‘interesting project’, which he claimed to have been following for some time. Having insisted that he will be recommending changed to the club’s style of play and assisting Williams in implementing those changes, he is unlikely to take a back seat at the club and would seemingly jump at the chance to make the manager position his own.
Sherwood’s managerial experience is limited, with his only spells so far coming with Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa, both of which he was eventually sacked from due to poor results. However, dropping down to League One level would benefit Sherwood and his experience behind the scenes at Tottenham could help to transform the struggling club.
Should Sherwood be unwilling to step back into a management capacity, they could turn to Steve Evans, who has been linked with various Football League clubs following his departure from Leeds United at the end of the 2015/16 season. Having recently taken the top job at League Two club Mansfield Town, Swindon would have to splash the cash to release him from his current contract, but he steadied the ship at Leeds and should be able to perform a similar task at Swindon.
Nigel Adkins would also be a good choice. He has performed below par with Championship side Reading and League One play-off hopefuls Sheffield United in recent seasons, yet his exceptional spell at Southampton speaks for itself.
The veteran boss joined The Saints in 2010, with the club sitting in the League One relegation zone, having won just one of their opening five matches. His transformative effect ultimately saw the club climb throughout the campaign, eventually finishing in second place and achieving automatic promotion to the Championship.
12 months later, Adkins’ side found themselves in 2nd place in the Championship, guaranteeing a second promotion in two seasons and a place in the 2012/13 Premier League. Adkins was unfortunate to lose his place at Southampton midway through their first campaign in the top flight. However, his managerial abilities, particularly in the lower leagues, shouldn’t be downplayed. He would be a great capture for Swindon Town and he knows how to pull a side out of a slump.
Their main priority at this point should be League One survival - any manager that can achieve that would be a success, anything more would be a bonus.