Swindon appoint ex-Chelsea midfielder as new boss ahead of Parade clash with County

BOSS: Jody Morris will be in charge of Swindon at Newport County <i>(Image: PA)</i>
BOSS: Jody Morris will be in charge of Swindon at Newport County (Image: PA)

SWINDON Town have appointed Jody Morris as first team head coach ahead of Saturday’s clash with Newport County AFC.

The former Chelsea midfielder will be in the away dugout at Rodney Parade (kick-off 12.45pm) after signing a two-and-a-half year contract at the County Ground.

He takes over from Scott Lindsey, who left the promotion hopefuls for struggling Crawley at the start of January.

Morris, 44, was assistant to Frank Lampard at both Derby and then later Chelsea, and will now step up into his first senior role as a head coach.

“This is a great opportunity at a wonderful football club that is steeped in history, and I can’t wait to get started,” Morris said on the Swindon website.

“My footballing philosophy is completely aligned with that of the club, and upon meeting (technical director) Sandro (Di Michele), I was presented with a strategy and vision that I’m really keen to be a part of.

“I’m extremely proud to be leading such a forward-thinking club, with an owner and technical director that are passionate and committed to bringing success here.

“We now turn our attentions to an important 19 league games, with promotion at the forefront of our ambitions, and we want to take this incredible fanbase on a long and successful journey.”

Swindon sit sixth in the Sky Bet League Two table.

Technical director Sandro Di Michele said: “To get a head coach with Jody’s calibre is a real statement of intent from us here at the football club.

“His coaching CV reads really well and he’s worked at the very top level, so to have someone with that calibre and experience here creates an incredible opportunity for us.

“He’s highly skilled in developing some of the very best young talent in the country, which is integral to our strategy and what we are trying to achieve.”