The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Paddy von Behr

MARTIN Ling’s de­par­ture from Swin­don Town af­ter just 56 days in charge was due to the ‘stresses of the job’, ac­cord­ing to chair­man Lee Power.

Ling’s ap­point­ment in Novem­ber was his first man­age­rial post since April 2013 when he left Torquay United due to de­pres­sion.

The 49-year-old had been in charge at Swin­don for nine games and left the Robins 16th in League One.

And Power has paid trib­ute to the de­part­ing boss, who guided the team to five wins and four losses dur­ing his short ten­ure.

“In a very short pe­riod of time, Martin has done an ex­cel­lent job by win­ning five of his eight league games in charge and mov­ing us out of and away from the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone,” Power said.

“Some­times in life, things are far more im­por­tant than foot­ball and Martin felt that the stresses of the job were not good for his health go­ing for­ward.

“With his pre­vi­ous health is­sues, he felt that stay­ing in the job was a risk he could not take for the sake of his fam­ily. Ev­ery­one at Swin­don Town fully re­spects his de­ci­sion and he will al­ways be wel­come back at the County Ground.”

HEALTH CALL: Martin Ling

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