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LIVE BLOG: Clem Morfuni's first press conference as Swindon Town owner

Good afternoon and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's Live Press Conference as Clem Morfuni speaks to the media for the first time since taking over as Swindon Town owner this week. New Head Coach Ben Garner and Director of Football Ben Chorley will also be answering questions as Total Sport Swindon's Rajan Hothi reports live from the County Ground.

5:45PM

That concludes today's press conference.

5:40PM

Clem on if he has been in anything as chaotic as this - "I've had businesses that have not gone well. I am used to fire fighting, but with the right team, backing, drive and direction, we can build anything. I started out in my bedroom, now I am in five countries. The sky is the limit."

5:36PM

Ben Garner on what is key with the players- "Time together. Double or triple sessions most days, but it is a fine line between getting us fit, without injuring players."

5:34PM

Rob Angus "It has been frustrating from a fans point. I have never lost faith in Clem to take us forward, but it has been a frustrating period."

5:32PM

Clem - "It's been a difficult couple weeks. I flew in from Sydney on Saturday, but I am used to challenges and fire fighting. I know the fans were anxious, and thought I lost interest, but I love the club, fans and football. There is a goal here I want to achieve."

5:30PM

Ben Garner on what made him take the job- "Conversations with Ben (Chorley) and to take the club forward. I feel I am a good fit for the club."

5:26PM

Clem - "Number one priority at the minute is to see what liabilities we have at the minute. We are working very hard, and I'm very hard working and hands on."

5:24PM

Rob Angus "No concerns about working at the club I support. I back everyone here and Clem and take the club in the right direction."

5:23PM

Clem - "We want our fans to stick together. We want to be there for them, and them there for us. Hopefully results go our way for a feel good factor, but we are on the back foot at the moment."

5:21PM

Ben Garner- "Age is no barrier. If good enough, they will play."

5:20PM

Ben Garner "The most important thing is that the fans have got their club back."

5:19PM

Ambitions- Clem "Stay in League Two. Stability and fan engagement."

Rob Angus -"Stability and stay in the league."






5:18PM

Ben Garner "Medical team will be appointed shortly."

5:16PM

Ben Garner "We will develop players here. Even last season, Matt Smith was outstanding here up until Christmas time. We won't play a different style to many of the top flight clubs."

5:15PM

Clem - "We absolutely want relationships with Premier League clubs."

5:14PM

Ben Garner "Jack Payne is still at the club and trained well. Positive first impression of him."

5:13PM

Ben Garner "There is a lot of trailists. We cancelled the friendly against Barnet to give a full weeks training. We have one or two new trailists in."

5:12PM

Ben Garner states he is a lot better equipped now after learning a "Hell of a lot" at Bristol Rovers.

5:11PM

Ben Garner "the players attitude in training was excellent. We are in a challenging position, but are confident. We want as much of the ball as we can, and have good structure to our play. There is an identity as this club - Glenn Hoddle was here as a sweeper and was my hero as a kid."

5:10PM

Ben Garner - "It is a new era. Ben Chorley showed me where the club wants to go, and Clem highlighted what he wants to do with the club and the community."

5:09PM

Clem- "Ben Garner is the right man for young, exciting football that Swindon fans can be proud of."

5:09PM

Clem- "I've dealt with Rob for many years. He fits the bill, has a financial background, knows the club and supports it. He's the right person and that is why I picked him."

5:08PM

Rob Angus "The joint venture of the club and trust with the ground is still on."

5:07PM

Rob Angus "Knowing the community well gives us a good insight. We have engaged with supporters and club with season tickets, and are working hard to get them out."

5:06PM

Clem continues: "Yes things must be done." Continues saying how friendlies will continue and go ahead as scheduled. "

5:04PM

Clem on message to fans: "We are working hard, really hard for the fans. I'm concentrating on Swindon to make sure we are ready for the season and when I am back to Australia."

5:02PM

Clem Morfuni, Ben Garner and Rob Angus have arrived for the press conference.

4:34PM

Hello and welcome to Total Sport Swindon's coverage of Clem Morfuni's first press conference as Swindon owner. We are expecting to be joined by Clem, Ben Garner and Director of Football Ben Chorley in roughly 25 minutes.

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