New Swindon man Sturrock sets sights on promotion

November 7, 2006

New Swindon manager Paul Sturrock has made it clear he intends to repeat the success he enjoyed at Plymouth by guiding Town to promotion from League Two.

Sturrock was sacked by Sheffield Wednesday last month but makes a quick return to management as successor to Dennis Wise, who left the Robins two weeks ago to take charge of Championship strugglers Leeds.

The 50-year-old Scot, who has agreed a four-year deal and takes over the County Ground reins from temporary boss and club captain Ady Williams, led Plymouth to the League Two title in 2002, amassing 102 points and claiming the Nationwide manager of the year award.

And Sturrock insists he expects to get Swindon out of League Two at the first time of asking.

He said: ``You can't get success overnight but Swindon is a big club and we would like to think that we can start climbing the leagues straight away.

``League Two is very competitive but myself and my coaching staff know what it takes to get out of the division. We have a formula and we want success.''

Sturrock then hinted that part of his promotion plan may involve bringing in new players.

He added: ``There will be changes. I have seen the players this morning and first impressions are very important to me. But if I bring players in, they have to be able to hold their own in League One.

``There is no good bringing players in, getting promotion then having another overhaul.''

Swindon have confirmed that Sturrock's decision to bring with him Kevin Summerfield as assistant manager and John Blackley as defensive coach has led to the departure of under-18 coach David Lee and head of youth and scouting director Dave Tuttle.

The duo joined Town in May as part of Dennis Wise's coaching team but have now become surplus to requirements.

A club statement read: ``Swindon Town would like to thank Both David Lee and Dave Tuttle for their time, effort and commitment during their time with the club and wish them every success in the future.''