SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper has praised owner Lee Power for his resilience in the transfer market this summer.
Power rejected bids for Michael Smith, Massimo Luongo and Nathan Thompson and even when he did bow to the pressure of big money, in selling Louis Thompson to Norwich City, he still managed to retain the midfielder’s services on loan for the rest of the campaign.
That resolve – to turn down good money in favour of preserving the balance of Cooper’s squad – has gone down extremely well with the Swindon boss.
Cooper said: “Fair play to the chairman. I would have thought he could have sold one or two. He did, but he did and unbelievable deal to get one back. I’m sure he could have sold more and took some money and weakened our position but he didn’t.
“He said ‘I’m going to try to keep everyone and give you a decent squad to work with’ which he’s done and we’ve added to it. Fair play to him.”