Swann confident Iron will turn it around


Chairman Peter Swann has backed manager Stuart McCall to turn things around at Scunthorpe United and believes the club will kick on and move clear of the relegation zone with the help of the January transfer window.

Swann, who was responding to criticism from a Scunthorpe fan, told the BBC Radio Humberside Sports Talk show that he intends to back Stuart McCall in January as they work on rebuilding the squad and securing their League One status.

“It’s a difficult job being a chairman, because when you get things right it is expected and when you get things wrong it’s completely your fault”, Swann said.

“I arrived five years ago when we had dropped from the Championship, to League One and to League Two and had we no money at all.

“I stepped in and invested more in five years than there has been in the last 25-30 years invested in Scunthorpe

“The results are there to see. The last three years we have been in the top seven, only just missed out on the play offs three years ago and the last two years we have made it to the play off semi finals.

“It’s very difficult as we are up against some fantastic budgets that are three of four times ours and we have done OK – especially for a football club like ours that has such a small fanbase.

“I’ve been investing trying to get us into the Championship. It’s the fourth best league in the world and for the last few seasons we have done very, very well.

Swann admitted there were a number of factors which had resulted in the Iron having such a poor first half of the season, including the lengthy injury list which has blighted the campaign so far.

“I think a culmination of losing three or four of our players that didn’t want to stay with us – having to make a business decision to let them go”, he said.

“In hindsight, I shouldn’t have appointed Nick Daws, but it was difficult because Nick had done quite well as a temporary manager.

“We had a poor pre-season. A lot of players were injured through that pre-season and we’ve had a horrendous injury list – long term and short term.

“Instead of losing somebody for a weekend we are losing them for three to four weeks at a time and you can’t lose six or seven player sin our team and it not effect us.

“I understand the frustration from some of the fans, but in the end I don’t know how many chairman who are out there that would walk into Scunthorpe and say “Here, I’ll invest some money”.

“I’m there at the minute and I am working very, very, hard.

The Chairman added that the club were looking at rebuilding for the long term.

“We are looking at the long term, rebuilding and trying to get us back on track.

“He (Stuart McCall) knows right from the start this is a long term thing to rebuild the side. Players go and we have to rebuild and that’s what we are doing.

“We are looking at bringing in a few players in January to strengthen the squad and hopefully we will kick on.

“As we go forward and into January, we will strengthen and start to bring in a few people that we want to develop so that the second half of the season will be more exciting for the fans.

“We’ve been here before. We hit rock bottom when Mark (Robins) was here and we pulled ourselves up.

“I’m confident. I know the lads .It just isn’t happening for us ta the moment.

“We are working hard at it. Stuart is working hard at it with Kenny and the team. It will change and we will turn it round.”

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