Richie Wellens appointed Swindon manager until 2020
Noel Hunt, who is currently assistant coach and player at Waterford – another club owned and run by Power – has arrived as Wellens’ assistant.
Wellens, 38, has now signed a deal until the end of next season and set out his intentions for attacking football.
“It’s a great opportunity to manage a football club that is well-run, has a good infrastructure, and a tradition, over the last six or seven years, of playing a style that I want to play,” said Wellens, who lost his job at Oldham Athletic after overseeing their relegation to Sky Bet League Two last season.
“I want to get the ball down, play positive, quick, passing football and bring results and success to this football club, because at this moment it is underachieving.
“For me, that style of play is the most important thing, exciting the fans. I had my first job at Oldham, which was going fantastically well, but the pitch deteriorated very badly and I had to change the way I played.
“I didn’t want to do that – I won’t have that problem here because the pitch is in fantastic condition.”
Swindon sacked Phil Brown as manager and assistant Neil McDonald after beating National League North side York City 2-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday.
It was Swindon’s first win at home in two months and the club are currently 17th in Sky Bet League Two.
“I’ll meet the players and as quickly as possible, make them feel comfortable,” Wellens added.
“They had a good weekend result and I want to continue that confidence – Thursday, Friday; we’ll look ahead to the Carlisle game.”