Sheffield United: Rival praises Blades boss

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper
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Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is already planning for next season after vowing there will be no repeat of the haphazard recruitment process which cast a shadow over their start to the present campaign.

Together with owner Lee Power, the 45-year-old has compiled a list of potential targets as Town prepare to make a quick entry into the transfer market.

Kevin MacDonald, Cooper’s predecessor at the County Ground, adopted an altogether different approach with dozens of trialists invited to showcase their talents at the League One club’s training complex.

Speaking ahead of today’s fixture with Sheffield United, he said: “We’ve got a list of players we’re going to try to work through, in terms of recruitment. There are obviously the boys who are out of contract that we need to deal with as well.

“We’re trying to get a couple of development games, not so much trial games.

“Development games will be needed for the boys who haven’t played. That’s important.”

Cooper, meanwhile, has paid tribute to Nigel Clough following his counterpart’s success since taking charge of United.

“The manager there (Nigel Clough) has gone in and done an unbelievable job,” Cooper, who is without the suspended Alex Pritchard, said. “They’re in the top two or three in the form table so we can’t underestimate the task

“They are full of optimism and believe they can still get in the play-offs. But we’re at home and we know if we play well then we can get a result.”