Richie Wellens has been appointed Swindon Town’s new manager, the League Two club have confirmed.
Wellens, 38, takes charge of the County Ground club two days after Phil Brown was sacked from his position with Swindon struggling in the lower reaches of the table; the Robins sit 17th after 17 games, having won on just five occasions.
Former Reading, Leeds and Ipswich player Noel Hunt – who also represented the Republic of Ireland – joins as Wellens’ assistant.
He leaves his role as player/assistant manager of Waterford in his native Ireland to take up the position.
Wellens said upon the confirmation of his appointment: “For me, 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.
“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.”
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Wellens began his playing career in Manchester United’s academy, and went on to enjoy long spells with Blackpool, Leicester and Doncaster Rovers. He also turned out for Shrewsbury, Salford City, Macclesfield and Oldham Athletic, who hand Wellens his first coaching job in 2017.
He was promoted to Latics caretaker manager later that year, and was given the job on a permanent basis after going undefeated in his five-game interim spell.
However, Oldham sacked Wellens at the end of last season following their relegation to league Two, and he has been out of work since.