Swindon Town’s farcical season took another bizarre twist on Monday with the announcement that chairman Lee Power has put himself in charge of the team following the dismissal of manager Luke Williams.
Power had already caused consternation in the Wiltshire town following relegation to League Two, and refusing to answer a set of questions posed to him by local media.
But in taking the place of Williams, Power has caused even more eyebrows to be raised, following his last stint in charge of the team back in October 2015.
Power is a former professional footballer, who began his career at Norwich City. He went on to play for another 10 clubs, including Bradford City and Peterborough United.
After a short spell as an agent, Power became chairman of Cambridge United in 2006 and also took charge of the team on a temporary basis following the sacking of manager Rob Newman during the club’s time in the Conference.
He resigned from the board after two years following a row with his fellow directors and joined the board of their local rivals Rushden and Diamonds, before taking a controlling stake at Swindon in April 2013.
Power, who is based in Geneva, has previously made no secret of the fact he is responsible for signing the players at Swindon, rather than the manager and claims he is more of a director of football than a traditional chairman.
Power has already denied reports that Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald is the favourite to replace Williams as permanent manager, insisting “the club cannot afford” him.