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Howarth To Depart

28 April 2014

Assistant manager Neil Howarth will leave Cheltenham Town Football Club at the end of the season

Cheltenham Town assistant manager Neil Howarth is to part company with the club.
Neil, who is leaving when his current contract expires at the end of the season, has worked alongside manager Mark Yates since the pair joined the club from Kidderminster Harriers in 2009 and previously spent four years at Cheltenham Town as a player during the club's rise from the Conference to League Two.
During his time as assistant manager the Robins reached the League Two play-offs in 2012 and 2013 and made three appearances against Premier League teams in cup competitions.
"Neil has been a fine servant to our club over a number of years and we are parting with him on good terms," said chairman Paul Baker.
"He has played a large role in the successes we achieved over the previous two seasons and on behalf of the club, I would like to place on record our gratitude for everything he has done for us.
"We wish Neil every success for the future and he knows that he will be welcome back at the club at any time."
Meanwhile, first team manager Mark Yates has agreed in principle a new one year contract with the club.
"We appreciate that this has been a frustrating season that has not matched the expectations of the supporters, the management or the Board," said Paul Baker.
"However, we believe Mark has earned the chance to put together a new look team for next season for another crack at it.
"Mark has led us to the play-offs in two consecutive seasons and we all remember the wonderful football played by the team in the first half of that 2011-12 season.
"Obviously that's all in the past now but the Board are of the belief that Mark can recapture those successes and we are committed to giving him that opportunity.
"Neil's departure will give him the chance to work with a re-structured management team as well as some new players next season."

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