Despite not being able to guide Swindon Town into the Sky Bet League Two play-offs during his interim spell in charge, Phil Brown was handed the role permanently and signing 30-year-old Jermaine McGlashan is the start of his rebuilding job.
Swindon deployed a 4-2-3-1 and a 3-4-1-2 formation under former head coach David Flitcroft, with the latter using wing-backs as opposed to wingers, but Brown tore that up and went with his tried and tested 4-4-2 to try and replicate his promotion-winning success at Hull City and Southend.
It started perfectly as Paul Mullin and Matt Taylor contributed to a 3-1 win at Cambridge United, but Swindon struggled there on in, and failed to win eight of their last nine games, including a run of four-straight draws, as the 4-4-2 failed to break down teams in Brown’s opening two months at Town.
Brown does not have the same rebuilding job Flitcroft, who signed 16 players last summer, did, but there are plenty of gaps in the squad to fill.
Should Brown stick with 4-4-2 for the next campaign, he needs to bring more wingers into the club, given Paul Mullin, Kaiyne Woolery and Keshi Anderson, who all get minutes as wingers last season, are better as strikers while Taylor is more suited to the left-back role as his career nears its end, despite comfortably winning the club’s Player of the Year last season.
The departures of Kellan Gordon (end of loan) and Donal McDermott (released) means new boy McGlashan is the only out-and-out winger at the County Ground, and Swindon fans should expect more to arrive prior to the closing of the transfer window.