Swindon Town have ended their search for a successor to Paolo Di Canio by naming Kevin MacDonald as their new manager. Their position (4th) in League One meant the vacancy was very popular and as such there proved to be a multitude of candidates, including Di Canio himself. However, in the end the Robins opted for MacDonald, with the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kevin Blackwell and Mike Newell missing out.
MacDonald may have no managerial experience but over the years he has developed a reputation as a fine coach. Furthermore he has previously held caretaker roles at Leicester City and most recently Aston Villa. With Swindon currently three points off top spot MacDonald's main aim for the rest of the season will be winning automatic promotion, or if that fails he will be expected to guide the club into the play-offs.
MacDonald's first match in charge is a tricky trip to eighth-place Coventry who are five points adrift of the top six. Paddy Power have handed the Robins odds of 6/4 to come away with a valuable victory, while the hosts can be backed at 13/8.