SWINDON Town director of football Ben Chorley has today resigned from his role at the County Ground.

In a shock announcement by the club, Swindon said the man responsible for bringing several of Town's high-profile signings in recent years has quit with immediate effect.

In a short statement by Town owner, Clem Morfuni, the Australian said: "I personally, and on behalf of Swindon Town Football Club, would like to thank Ben Chorley for all the hard work he has done.

"We wish him all the best in the future in his endeavours. Please bear with us as we continue to strengthen our club ahead of the 2022-23 season. COYR. Clem Morfuni."

Following a playing career that saw him run out for the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Leyton Orient, and Portsmouth, Chorley initially joined Town as chief scout on a freelance basis in 2018.

He left his first term at the County Ground on April 9, 2021 before returning as director of football three months later and on the same day Ben Garner was appointed as head coach - July 21, 2021.

In his post for 10 months and nine days, Chorley helped Garner build a team that missed out on promotion in the League Two play-offs after beginning the season with six players and two weeks to prepare a paper-thin squad.

With strong reports linking Garner with the vacant manager's position at Charlton Athletic, it is highly likely that Swindon will need to replace both key positions for the second summer in succession.