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AFTER about three weeks in a Swindon Town news vacuum, we now have a rolling news channel on speed.

Before last week’s official ratification of the club’s takeover, both past and present owners had sworn an Omerta.

With the laptops reopened we are being bombarded with almost too much information. And for every revelation – the ex-manager slipping back into the County Ground one night to retrieve mementoes was a cracker – there has usually been a counter statement from former boss Di Canio.

The most fascinating outpouring came in the 1,200 word Twitter farewell letter to Swindon fans from former majority shareholder Andrew Black.

It was his decision not to waste another penny piece at Swindon in January which took the club to the brink of insolvency and precipitated the promotion-damaging sale of Matt Ritchie.

But fans must appreciate his role in bankrolling the club solo after being left holding the baby when former colleagues on the board chose to slip away.

Black’s missive was fascinating not least on the subject of his former best buddy Jeremy Wray, the man he reluctantly, it seems, made chairman – and later sacked.

It was certainly news to me that Wray was a huge West Ham fan and Paolo Di Canio ‘obsessive’, in Black’s words.

That goes a long way towards explaining why Wray could never say no to the Italian.

Black was not exactly hands-on – his job was to write the cheques – but he was entitled to be kept informed about player transfers, something he says did not happen.

He was unhappy at the exit of Paul Caddis, bemused by Paolo’s antics at board meetings and angry that those actually running the club day to day breached the wage cap and plunged us into a transfer embargo. Thankfully, he has written off the millions he has ploughed into the club.

That was then, and this is now, so we welcome Jed McCrory and his partners Callum Rice, Steve Murrall and Gary Hooper.

At first sight, McCrory’s board may be more Mondeo than Maserati but perhaps they will show more prudence and good husbandry than a previous consortium heavy with ‘rich-listers’.

All four talked the talk and did not appear to put a foot wrong on their first public outing wearing Swindon Town club ties.

Day one on the job had seen them having to deal with the manager’s resignation.

Practically their first major decision, therefore, is one which will define their first 12 months in charge – picking a new boss after the unseemly exit of Di Canio.

Let’s hope they make a better fist of their first choice than did Andrew Fitton and his colleagues.

The player-power management team of Darren Ward and Tommy Miller are to be thanked for seeing us through a couple of games in difficult circumstances but their results proved it was not the way forward.

Tommy Miller all but stepped down when coming to face the press after the abject home 1-0 defeat to Bury on Tuesday night.

Frankly, the cracks were showing on Saturday, when Swindon got lucky to claim a draw with Preston. At 1-0 down they were showing no sign of breaking down the visitors until Adam Rooney was gifted a one-on-one against the goalkeeper with his first touch -- and duly scored.

Best to draw a veil over Tuesday’s night horror show, although quite why this team has imploded so quickly is hard to fathom.

It bears repeating that the side will find it hard to survive the loss of Matt Ritchie (sold), Danny Hollands (injured) and Di Canio (meltdown) without a major detrimental effect. We are wobbling, but so are many of title rivals and we remain right in the mix.

Jed McCrory’s Twitter profile picture shows him alongside former England goalkeeper Ray Clemence.

Maybe Jed can have a word in Ray’s ear to lean on ex-England team-mate and Town legend Glenn Hoddle to come back as interim manager for the final 12 games. At least, then, the hoof ball that has emerged in the last two games would disappear.

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