MacDonald handed Swindon reins
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 20:27:00
Robert Earnshaw has confirmed that he has left Cardiff City and signed for MLS outfit Toronto FC.
The Wales international has struggled for game time at the Bluebirds in recent times.
He was allowed to take in a loan spell at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv towards the end of 2013, but returned to Cardiff in the New Year.
Earnshaw has now seen a second spell with the Championship leaders come to an end.
He began his career with Cardiff and returned to South Wales in July 2011 after Nottingham Forest allowed his contract to run down.
Now 31 years of age, he will be continuing his career in Canada.
Earnshaw posted on his Twitter account: "Breaking news: I have now signed and officially a @Torontofc player. Season starts this Saturday. Now on the plane flying to Vancouver for the opening game.
"I want to thank my home town club Cardiff City, I had the best fun playing in front of those Fans from the age of 16 until now.
"I leave with a heavy heart from Cardiff city. I hope we created memories and I tried to give everything I had when I played. I will remember the journey that we went through."
MacDonald, who spent 17 years at Aston Villa as a coach and had a spell in caretaker charge in the autumn of 2010, arrives with Town three points behind League One leaders Doncaster.
Chairman Jed McCrory said: "This is a hugely important appointment at a significant moment in Swindon's recent history and we are delighted to appoint a football man of Kevin's calibre as our new manager.
"This is a clear message that the new Board is determined to drive on for promotion this season and continue to try and bring success to Swindon.
"Kevin has fantastic football credentials as a double-winner with Liverpool during his playing days and he is an excellent coach. He has great connections with top players and he is a proper football man.
"We have every faith for Kevin now to lead Swindon from the front at a pivotal moment in the campaign. It is a new start for Kevin and for our new board of directors and we move forward together with every confidence."