MacDonald handed Swindon reins

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.”