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.”