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Luke Williams made permanent boss at Swindon Town

Luke Williams has signed a five-year deal at Swindon
Image: Luke Williams has signed a five-year deal at Swindon

Swindon have appointed Luke Williams as permanent head coach on a five-year contract.

Williams has won six of his 10 games in charge since succeeding Martin Ling, and a fourth straight victory at the weekend left Town with a 13-point cushion on League One's bottom four.

Chairman Lee Power said: "I am really pleased that Luke is going to be our club's head coach on a full-time basis. He has signed a five-year, fixed-term contract which I fully expect him to see out and be at the club for many years to come.

"Luke is an integral part of our project at Swindon Town. He is a fantastic coach - the best I've come across in 25 years of football.

"The reason we have taken a bit of time over the appointment is that we both wanted to make sure that he was ready and comfortable to take on the other parts of the job that he hasn't had to do up to this point - mainly picking the side and dealing with the press.

"If either of these jobs had detracted from the quality of his coaching, we would have looked at going down a different route but he has taken to the role in his usual calm, controlled manner and been totally unfazed. 

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"The reason Luke is 'head coach' and not 'manager' is because that is what he is: the head coach. No players will come into the club that Luke is not happy with but his main job is to coach the group and improve them."

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