SWINDON Robins manager Alun Rossiter has been named Great Britain’s senior team boss.

Rosco succeeds Neil Middleditch who ended his second spell in charge at the end of last season.

The Swindon boss has an impressive record of success as a domestic manager including Elite League titles with Coventry in 2010 and present club Swindon in 2012. He will now commence planning Great Britain’s World Cup campaign which begins at King’s Lynn on July 26.

Rossiter believes the stunning achievements of World Champion Tai Woffinden last year can provide fresh impetus and inspiration to the other British riders.

He said: “I really can’t explain how proud I feel to have been given this job. I did apply for it five years ago, but now I truly feel it’s my time and I can’t wait to get started.

“What a great time to take over as Great Britain manager – I’m taking over when we have the World Champion, Tai Woffinden, in our corner.

“The main thing is I want riders who want to ride for Great Britain – it’s about putting your jacket on and wearing it with pride. It’s a fantastic time to take over and I’m really looking forward to it.”

SWINDON Robins will begin the 2014 season with a home clash against Coventry Bees, the other club Rosco steered to an Elite League.

There is added spice to the April 3 clash as Coventry is the new club of former Robins captain Hans Andersen.

Swindon begin their season on Sunday, March 30 with the traditional campaign opener, the Bob Kilby Memorial meeting.