League Two side Swindon Town have sacked their manager Phil Brown. The announcement came on Sunday evening, and sees his assistant Neil McDonald also leave the building with immediate effect. The Wiltshire side have not appointed a Caretaker Manager at this stage, merely confirming some rumours earlier in the day that Brown had lost his position.
The timing is slightly unusual, in that Brown's last act in power was to steer Swindon to the Second Round of the FA Cup. They beat National League North side York City by a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday, albeit needing a 74th minute goal from Steven Alzate to ensure that they didn't get taken to a replay.
The concern appears to be with Swindon's League form. They currently lie in 17th place - on the same number of points as Yeovil Town but with an inferior goal difference, and therefore seven points off the play-offs. Since their 3-0 win over the Glovers in September, they've won just one League game in eight matches, and with their club's target probably being to reach the play-offs, Swindon's Board have decided to spin the wheel again.
Brown had only been in charge sinde March 2018 - a total of 32 matches - and was initially only given the job at the County Ground until the end of last season, in an optimistic attempt to get them into the play-offs. He was given a two year contract in May 2018, but that deal has lasted just 17 League matches, meaning that once his successor is appointed they'll be on their seventh manager since the start of the 2015-16 season.
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