Ex-Claret replaces ex-Claret at Cheltenham
After a difficult start to the new season that has seen them pick up just one point from their opening eight games without scoring a single goal, Cheltenham Town have this evening parted company with Wade Elliott by mutual consent.
Wade replaced Michael Duff last summer when he moved to Barnsley. He’d been Duff’s assistant previously and last season was a good one for them with a 16th place finish. It doesn’t help though when your main goalscorer leaves and they lost Alfie May to Charlton this summer and they’ve not found anyone to put the ball into the net this season.
Cheltenham pointed out in their statement that he’d led them to their second best ever finish, behind the previous season.
He’s been replaced on an interim basis by another former Burnley player in Elliott’s assistant Kevin Russell who was with Burnley during the 1993/94 season. Having worked as Darren Ferguson’s assistant at a number of clubs, he’d been coaching for some time at Stoke, taking charge of their under-23 and then under-21 team with Elliott his assistant during some of that time.
He was still at Stoke when they played Burnley last season but he left in the summer and joined Cheltenham as recently as July when he took on the role of Elliott’s assistant when Russell Milton took on a new role at the club. Cheltenham have confirmed that, for now, he’s in interim charge for the game this Saturday and will become the fourth ex-Claret to manage Cheltenham, following Mark Yates, Duff and Elliott.Follow UpTheClarets:
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