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Thursday, 29 June, 2000, 09:03 GMT
Todd takes on Swindon job
Jimmy Quinn
Jimmy Quinn was replaced by Colin Todd at County Ground
Swindon Town could hardly have experienced a worse season 1999/2000 when they finished rock-bottom of Division One, sacked player-manager Jimmy Quinn and found themselves in administration.

Quinn paid the price for the dismal run of results in the final week of the season when former Bolton manager Colin Todd replaced him at the County Ground.

The departure of Quinn had looked inevitable for some time but was perhaps hastened after it emerged businessman Terry Brady was in talks with chairman Clive Puffett and the club's administrators about buying a controlling interest in the Robins.

Quinn, to his credit, refused to throw the towel in after Town's early relegation, the sale of some of the better players and long-term injuries like the one suffered by striker Guiliano Grazioli, who after being hurt in August did not return until April.


Guiliano Grazioli
Guiliano Grazioli hit by injury last season

Nothing seemed to go right for Swindon from the start.

Just two wins from the opening 16 league and cup matches left the Robins trailing the rest and the side never recovered from the disastrous start.

In the cups, Town were beaten by Leyton Orient in the Worthington Cup and by Charlton in the FA Cup.

With the club in administration, Quinn had no spare cash for new signings. All he was able to do was bring in a few players on loan to bolster the numbers but it was real quality that was lacking.

It was impossible for Quinn to salvage the season as George Ndah went to Wolves for 1m and Iffy Onuora and Ty Gooden joined Gillingham for a combined fee of 200,000.

Later in the season, Chris Hay was sold to Huddersfield Town for 75,000 and Robin Hulbert followed to Bristol City for 25,000.

It was money that Swindon needed to help keep them afloat. Their long-term future took priority ahead of their First Division status.

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