Swindon have announced that manager Kevin MacDonald has departed the club after only five months in charge.

The former Aston Villa, Leicester and Ireland coach was only appointed as the Robins' boss in February following the resignation of his enigmatic predecessor, Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio. 

MacDonald secured a play-off spot, although he failed to lead Swindon to promotion, losing in the semi-final to losing finalists Brentford on penalties.

He was absent from the side's pre-season friendly against Forest Green on Friday for "personal reasons", before his exit was officially announced on Saturday. His departure was unexpected and the circumstances are slightly ominous.

A club statement read: "After further meetings with the board of directors today, Kevin MacDonald has left his position as first-team manager by mutual consent.

"The club would like to thank Kevin for all his hard work during his time at Swindon Town and wish him all the best for the future.

"Kevin would also like to thank the directors, staff, players and supporters for the backing and support they have given him over the last few months."

Chairman Jed Mcrory, who arrived just a week before MacDonald's appointment, has also confirmed that Mark Robins, who has prior managerial experience at sides including Peterborough United and Kettering Town among others, will take charge of the club on a temporary basis.

He added: "The process to find a replacement for Kevin will begin immediately and Mark Cooper will be placed in temporary charge of the team until that process is complete."

Swindon have been forced to significantly reduce their budget ahead of next season, having been in administration last term.


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