Carlisle United's new League Two rivals Swindon Town have named John McGreal as their new boss.

The ex-Colchester manager has signed a two-year deal as John Sheridan's successor at the County Ground.

He is charged with arresting Swindon's decline after last season's relegation from League One.

And it is a return to management for McGreal after his four-year stint in charge of Colchester ended last year.

The former Tranmere and Ipswich player, 48, said: “I’m absolutely delighted.

"With the relegation this season, it’s a club I look upon in League Two as a League One club and that’s our aim this season to try and get the club back to where it should be.”

“It’s Swindon Town! That alone makes you want to apply for the job.

"I’m sure there were numerous applicants and I’m happy to get my hands on it."

Director of football, Paul Jewell added on the Town website: “John has the experience at this level, he’s young and he’s got good ideas and hopefully he can be an appointment that has a positive effect on us.”

Ex-Carlisle No2 Tommy Wright had been in caretaker charge at Swindon for their closing games of the season, assisted by another former Blues man Lee Peacock.

That followed Sheridan's departure after the former United manager failed to lead the Robins out of a relegation battle following the previous season's promotion under Richie Wellens.

There is likely to be further managerial news in United's division soon, with Barrow continuing to be strongly linked with ex-Forest Green boss Mark Cooper.