Swindon v Shrewsbury preview

BY foxsports • January 18, 2013

Neil Warnock rates his current role at Leeds as one of the toughest jobs he has had during his managerial career, but has no regrets about joining the club.

The 64-year-old has been in charge of 13 different clubs since taking up his first post at Gainsborough Trinity in 1980 and wants to be the first manager in English football to win promotion on eight occasions.

But the former Sheffield United and QPR boss has endured a tough time since arriving at Elland Road in February 2012, attempting to launch a promotion push with limited funds at a time when a protracted takeover threatened to scupper his plans.

Warnock, met with chants of 'it's time to go' after Leeds' defeat at Barnsley last week, said: "Over the years I've had one or two interesting jobs that haven't been easy. I'd put this in that category.

"I've had more takeovers than just about any other manager, three out of the last three clubs I've been at, and to keep the ship here sailing as it is isn't an easy job.

"There's a lot more involved than people realise and that's why I always say that all you can do is your best.

"But I think it needed someone with my experience to steady the waters here. I don't know how a younger manager would have coped with everything.

"All managers are expected to deliver. It goes with the territory. But all you can do is your best.

"That's what I set out to do this season. I can honestly say that it hasn't been one of my easiest jobs but it's one I wouldn't have resisted.

"It's a fabulous club and I still think the majority of supporters are behind me. You always get a few who aren't but that's only natural. They've had so many promises over the years and they're frustrated."

Swindon have no fresh injury worries as they look to make it seven games unbeaten against their weekend opponents

Paolo Di Canio's in-form side kept their run going with a late equaliser at Bournemouth and the Italian is likely to name a similar line-up again.

Young striker Miles Storey is back in training and could be in contention while Jay McEveley is edging closer to a return but this game comes too soon for the left-back.

Former Tottenham defender Troy Archibald-Henville is still sidelined following a knee operation and treatment.

Paul Benson is back at The County Ground after his loan at Portsmouth expired and the striker is another option for Di Canio.

The Robins are six points off the automatic promotion places and have conceded just eight goals at home all season.

Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns for the trip.

Midfielder Mark Wright has suffered a fresh setback in his bid to recover from a knee injury and faces several more weeks on the sidelines.

Striker Ryan Doble, however, is stepping up his recovery from a hand injury.

Numerous players will be in contention for recalls following last weekend's disappointing 1-1 draw at home to bottom club Hartlepool.

Striker Tom Bradshaw bagged a hat-trick for Town's reserves in a 4-1 win over Morecambe in midweek and is at the head of the queue.

Defenders Yado Mambo and Cameron Gayle as well as midfielders Luke Summerfield, Stephen McGinn and Paul Parry also have a chance of starting at the County Ground.


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