Luke Williams: Swindon Town boss leaves after relegation

Luke Williams

Luke Williams was appointed as Martin Ling’s successor at Swindon Town

Swindon Town head coach Luke Williams has left the club following relegation to League Two, reports BBC Wiltshire.

Williams had been in full-time charge since March 2016, earning a five-year contract after impressing as caretaker.

The 37-year-old was joined by former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood as director of football in November.

Sherwood took a step back from that role in recent times, but the Robins only won two of their final 11 League One matches on their way to relegation.

Williams, who has spent the past four years coaching at the County Ground, said after Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Charlton that he would have a meeting with chairman Lee Power.

That meeting is understood to have happened and the club will now advertise for a new manager.

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Sherwood was named director of football at the County Ground, a move described as “one of the biggest appointments the club has ever made” by Power.

The former Spurs manager was given responsibility for “transfers, the way we play, the formations and the picking of the team” – though Williams was kept in his post.

Despite an impressive 3-0 win over Charlton in their first game following Sherwood’s arrival, the appointment did not result in a sustained improvement in form, as Swindon have won only seven of their 31 games since his hiring.

At times, it was unclear whether or not Sherwood was managing the team, though as the season came to its end his first-team responsibilities decreased, and he did not attended all of the Robins’ games.

But the return to a more conventional coaching structure did not paid dividends, as a four-game winless run sent them down to the fourth tier for the first time since 2012.

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