After the sacking of Mark Cooper just 9 days ago, League One side Swindon Town remain manager-less with chairman Lee Power temporarily under control. With the club currently sitting in 23rd position they’ll need a manager with experience and knowledge of this level, someone who can turn their season around and make the club a promotion contender once again.
That man is Uwe Rösler, the stern German who knows League One better than anyone. Having spent the first 7 years of his managerial career in the depths of Norwegian football, Uwe was appointed manager at Brentford in the summer of 2011. From there he went on to undertake one of the club’s most turbulent yet successful periods in recent years, finishing his first season in charge in a respectable 9th place. The following season saw rapid improvement seeing the club lose out on automatic promotion on the final day versus Doncaster Rovers, missing a penalty only for Rovers to go and score at the other end, condemning The Bee’s to the play-offs. From there, they surpassed Swindon themselves to reach the final at Wembley, only to fall to the might of Gary Johnson’s Yeovil town. The German’s high intensity attacking football was noticed by Championship club Wigan Athletic in December of the 13/14 season, where he put pen to paper on a 2 year deal. Another play-off campaign beckoned yet The Latics fell short with defeat at QPR.
Following his spell at Leeds United, Uwe Rösler now remains unemployed. So why is Swindon the perfect fit? The Robbins have a the capability of playing under Uwe’s system, high pressing, fluid attacking football, and with the likes of Obika, Ajose and Wes Thomas at the club he has a real opportunity. After last seasons Wembley woes, everyone around the club feels like they should be playing at a higher level and there would be no better manager for the job than the man who’s successfully managed to get out of the division,who’s ultimately succeeded in the Championship as well. With mediocre names such as Martin Ling and Ross Embleton thrown into contention for the job, i feel the club need to open their eyes and make a sensible appointment which will be in it for the long run.
A promotion, play-off experience and knowledge of the Championship are all key factors that make Uwe Rösler the right man for the job, which he would no doubt accept as he stated in a recent interview that he is
”Itching to get back into the game as quickly as possible”
All in all, whoever takes takes the job has a task at hand with the club lying precariously close to the bottom of the table, no challenge that could escape the powers of the ex Leeds boss.