Ling lined up for Swindon Town job

HITC Sport understands former Torquay United boss Martin Ling is the frontrunner for the vacant manager's job at Swindon Town.

Managerless Swindon Town are closing in the appointment of former player Martin Ling as their new manager, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Swindon have been without a boss since last month following the sacking of Mark Cooper at the County Ground after a run of eight defeats in ten games.

The Robins are currently languishing second from bottom of League One with owner Lee Power having been in charge of first-team affairs since the departure of Cooper.

A number of names have been linked with the vacancy at the County Ground, but it appears Power is ready to turn to former Swindon favourite Ling.

Ling enjoyed two successful spells at Swindon in his playing career helping the club reach the Premier League in the early 1990s.

The 43-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Torquay in April 2013 having taken time off after suffering from depression.

Ling enjoyed success at Leyton Orient leading the club to promotion to League One in the 2005/06 season and after a spell with Cambridge United he took over at Torquay in 2011 and lead them to the League Two play-off semi-finals before being axed the next season after taking a leave of absence on medical grounds

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