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County Ground return – Martin Ling set for Swindon Town managerial debut

13 November 2015

Martin Ling will take charge of Swindon Town for the first time in Sky Bet League 1 this weekend, when Scunthorpe United visit the County Ground.

The Robins are joint-bottom of the division after 16 games, with just three wins to their name all season, and Ling returns to the place where he had two spells as a player. 

Read more: Martin Ling makes Swindon Town return after being appointed manager

The former midfielder first arrived at Swindon in the summer of 1986 before departing for Southend, but re-joined for five seasons between 1991 and 1996. In that time, he helped the Wiltshire club earn promotion to the top flight.

He takes over the reins from Mark Cooper, who left his role as manager last month following a poor run of results, and faces the immediate task of trying to lift them out of the relegation zone.

Read more: Swindon Town chairman Lee Power in temporary charge after Mark Cooper departure

Swindon went on to make the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final last season, but have struggled to pick up similar results so far this term.

Ling, whose last coaching role was with Torquay United in 2013, did oversee his side on FA Cup duty last week, when they fell 3-1 to Rochdale.

This week Scunthorpe are in town, and are in a rich vein of form. The Iron have mustered a win in five of their last six games to rise rapidly up the table, and they now sit 10th.

Their hot streak resulted in manager Mark Robins being awarded the Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month award last week.

Read more: Mark Robins named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month

You can follow Martin Ling's debut game against Scunthorpe via our divisional Twitter feed on Saturday; @SkyBetLeague1.

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