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Swann: No decision on management role

Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann told BBC Radio Humberside that a decision has not been made on the future of caretaker boss Andy Dawson following the Iron’s relegation to League Two.

Dawson, who stepped in temporarily following the sacking of Stuart McCall in March, will learn his fate in the coming days having failed to secure Scunthorpe’s League One status.

Swann confirmed that clarification regarding the managerial role, backroom staff and the club’s retained list will be delivered to the fans before the end of the week.

“We’ve had conversations since the weekend”, Swann told BBC Radio Humberside.

“Obviously, we’ve tried to let everything calm down for 48 or 72 hours because it was such a difficult day, and a difficult weekend. We’ve all had to travel back, it’s a long way, seven hours on the coach, the players didn’t get back until two in the morning.

“I haven’t made any decision at this stage. We’ve got a board meeting today, and that news will be out certainly by the end of the week. It’s very difficult to answer a question when I’ve still got to sit in a board meeting for four hours to discuss it with the board.”

Speculation has linked former Grimsby boss Paul Hurst with the club in recent weeks, but Swann would not be drawn on the rumours.

Hurst, who missed out on promotion to the Championship with Shrewsbury following a brilliant 2017/18 campaign, most recently struggled in charge of Ipswich Town who were among the favourites with the bookmakers for relegation from the Championship when he took over last summer.

Hurst was subsequently sacked within just five months in the role and has been out of work since, but both Hurst and his assistant Chris Doig has been spotted at Scunthorpe games in the final weeks of the campaign.

Swann is expected to announce the club’s new management team in the next 24 hours, but admitted he had received around sixty applications since giving Stuart McCall the boot after the 3-1 defeat at Rochdale.

“I could just say I’m looking at 20 different managers – I’ve had 60 applications since I got rid of Stuart”.

“We’re always looking for managers I suppose, even when the manager’s in place so that you’re protected”.

“I think there’s a lot more to do here, I don’t think it’s just down to the management”.

“I think we need to look at our whole system here, certainly a lot of the players didn’t perform, so we’ve got to make sure they’re able to perform over the next 12 months and if they’re not, then we’ll change them, and we’ll bring other players in, and I suppose that’s the same with coaches and managers”.

“I haven’t made up my mind, but I think I know the direction that we’re going to go as a football club on all parts and I just want to clarify that before I come to press”.


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Written by Will Montag

Will Montag is an English Literature graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an avid reader of fiction, and a lifelong Iron fan. Will enjoys various outdoor pursuits in his spare time.

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