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Wilson appointed Swindon manager

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson won promotion to League One with Hartlepool in 2007

Swindon Town have appointed Danny Wilson as their new manager.

The former Northern Ireland international's first game in charge will be Sunday's visit of Brighton.

Wilson, 48, was out of work for less than two weeks following his sacking as Hartlepool manager earlier this month after two-and-a-half years in charge.

Assistant manager Dave Byrne, in charge for the Boxing Day trip to Orient, has been caretaker boss since Maurice Malpas's sacking on 14 November.

Wilson will be starting his sixth job since beginning his managerial career with Barnsley in 1994.

After leading the Tykes to promotion to the Premiership in 1997, he left Oakwell following their relegation to make the short journey down the road to Hillsborough, to another of his previous halts as a player, Sheffield Wednesday.

But, despite finishing 12th in his first season, he departed Hillsborough in March 2000 with the Owls on course for their inevitable relegation.

He returned to football that summer with Bristol City, enjoying four seasons at Ashton Gate, in which he suffered four near misses at promotion to Division One.

His team finished ninth in 2001, seventh in 2002 and then twice came third in successive years, only to each time suffer heartbreak in Cardiff.

Wilson's side lost to Cardiff City in the Second Division play-off semis in 2003, going down to the only goal in the first leg at Ninian Park, before going one stage further in 2004, only to lose to Brighton in the final at the Millennium Stadium.

After that failure, Wilson was then out of work for six months before taking over as manager of MK Dons in December 2004. He saved them from relegation in his first season but could not pull off a repeat the following season - and he went a month after their relegation in June 2006.

Barnsley June 1994-July 1998 Played 201, Won 74, Lost 72
Sheff Wed Jul 1998-Mar 2000 Played 80, Won 23, Lost 40
Bristol C Jun 2000-Jun 2004 Played 226, Won 107, Lost 64
MK Dons Dec 2004-Jun 2006 Played 81, Won 25, Lost 32
Hartlepool Jun 2006-Dec 2008 Played 133, Won 58, Lost 46

But he took over at Hartlepool and proved an immediate success, winning promotion to League One in his first season.

Pools finished 15th last season and were again in mid-table (having not lost in four games as well as earning a home FA Cup third round tie against Stoke City) when his surprise sacking came on 15 December.

As a player, busy midfielder Wilson made over 600 appearances in his time with Bury, Chesterfield, Nottingham Forest, Brighton, Luton, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

He twice won League Cup winners medals, first with Luton Town (1988), then with Sheffield Wednesday (1991), and also won 24 caps for Northern Ireland.

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see also
Swindon shortlist is down to two
18 Dec 08 |  Swindon
Hartlepool dismiss manager Wilson
15 Dec 08 |  Hartlepool
Swindon part company with Malpas
14 Nov 08 |  Swindon
Wilson appointed Hartlepool boss
13 Jun 06 |  Hartlepool
Wilson named Milton Keynes boss
07 Dec 04 |  Milton Keynes

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