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

19 October 2015

Lee Power, chairman of Swindon Town, will take temporary charge of matters at the club after Mark Cooper's departure as manager.

Cooper left the club shortly after their 2-0 weekend defeat to Millwall – their eighth successive game without a victory and a result that left them 20th in Sky Bet League 1, above the relegation on goal difference only.

The former Peterborough United manager had been in charge at the County Ground since August 2013, and guided the Robins to the Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final last season, which they lost 4-0 to Preston North End.

A statement on the club's website read: “The football club would like to place on record their thanks to Mark for his outstanding work ethic and commitment to the job during his two-and-a-half-year tenure.

“Mark did a fantastic job which culminated in the club reaching the League One Play-Off Final last season.

“Unfortunately, performances and results this term have not been as good as the club had hoped for with the current squad.

“The chairman, Lee Power thought it was time to make a change and informed Mark of his decision on Saturday night after the defeat at Millwall.

“Lee will take temporary charge of the team but will definitely not be the club’s next permanent manager.

“The club have already started drawing up a shortlist and plan to have a manager in place by the end of the month.”

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