Date: 31st December 2015 at 4:13pm
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On Tuesday afternoon manager Martin Ling tendered his resignation to the board of the club and it was reluctantly accepted.

A brief statement on the official club website read simply to begin with.

‘Swindon Town have today been informed that Martin Ling has resigned from his position as First Team Manager due to health reasons. The club will be making a further statement in due course.’

Late yesterday afternoon, chairman Lee Power released a full statement with regards to the resignation.

In it he explained that he received a phonecall from the manager informing him of his wish to tender his resignation and for it to be accepted and that obviously came as a shock and also saddened him, but he more than understood the reason for why Ling had come to the decision he had.

‘In a very short period of time, Martin has done an excellent job by winning five of his eight league games in charge and moving us out of and away from the League 1 relegation zone. Martin has proved that he is still a very good football manager but sometimes in life, things are far more important than football and Martin felt that the stresses of the job were not good for his health going forward.’

Many will be aware of his previous battle against depression and his confidence that it had ‘gone’ leaving him ‘really excited to restart a career that was going very well’ but unfortunately for us given the run of results ahead of the festive fixtures, if he had that doubt return it’s paramount he puts himself first.

‘With his previous health issues, he felt that staying in the job was a risk he could not take for the sake of his family. Everyone at Swindon Town fully respects his decision and he will always be welcome back at the County Ground.’

Power confirmed that for the game this weekend against Port Vale, Luke Williams would be placed in charge of first team matters and a search for a new manager is already underway.

‘I have not spent as much time with Martin as I would have liked during his time in charge nor have I had the opportunity to nurture and develop a working relationship with him as I have been out of the country for most of his tenure. However, I would like to place on record my personal thanks to Martin. He is a football man through and through and is a very honest, hard-working man who loves Swindon Town Football Club. I saw Martin this morning and he asked me to thank his staff, the players and the supporters for their backing during his time at the club.’