A couple of months ago the club was in crisis. The club were relegated, without a manager and a chairman.
During the final business days of the season interim chairman Jeremy Wray announced that the club were going to discuss the futures of the entire senior squad.
The fans expected many to go and sure enough it happenend. Granted, many would have wanted an complete overhaul but I don’t think anyone anticipated the sheer scale of exodus that has occurred this summer.
So we are now left with the ruins of the Danny Wilson era that promised so much and yet ended so ridiculously poorly. The good news is that those who remain aren’t that bad at all.
Firstly we have Aden Flint who has a bright future in the professional game and, of course, Matt Ritchie who could well be our most valuable player within Di Canio’s new era.
There’s also former Celtic duo Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis who have been talking to the official Swindon Town website about their experiences of last season and hopes for the new season.
Ferry has talked of his excitement of working with former Celtic favourite Paolo Di Canio describing the appointment as ‘a pretty big thing’ for Ferry and that the Italian is still ‘a legend up there’.
The former Celtic youth described the first day back to work as ‘good and the Paolo and the rest of the management seem like decent guys so it’s all looking good.’
Simon Ferry endured a tough second season at the County Ground (his first as a permanent employee) struggling to cement a place within the Leeds United ‘clique’ of Jonathan Douglas and David Prutton.
He described his 2010/11 season as a ‘nightmare’ and he ‘hated watching the boys out there playing when I wanted to be there helping them’.
Meanwhile, fellow former Celtic player Paul Caddis is also looking ahead to the new era of Paolo Di Canio.
Caddis, 23, who was drafted into the Scotland senior team last season stated that everyone knows ‘that last season was a disaster, but those of us who are left are over that now, and it’s all about looking forward to next year.’
Not surprisingly Caddis commented on the dramatic changes to personnel and that there wasn’t much he recognised when he reported back for training but admitted that this was ‘probably a good thing!’.
I think that it’s safe to say that if Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis asked to leave the club when discussing their future with Wray back in May then they would have gone by now. Caddis certainly didn’t disgrace himself while Ferry, who didn’t improve on a great opening season, is a hard worker who found it impossible to break into the Douglas/Prutton even though it didn’t ever look like working.
Although we haven’t brought in much Football League experience, I feel reassured as we have Caddis, Ferry (and Ritchie) still on board and committed to the cause.
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