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Gary Johnson appointed Cheltenham Town manager

30 March 2015

Gary Johnson has been appointed as Cheltenham Town’s manager until the end of the season.

Russell Milton will work as his assistant, with Steve Elliott first team coach and the rest of the backroom staff remaining unchanged.

Former Yeovil Town and Bristol City boss Johnson, 59, will take charge with immediate effect as he bids to pull the club out of the bottom two with seven matches left to play.

“I was honoured to be asked to take on the manager’s role at Cheltenham Town until the end of the season,” Johnson said.

“I am very happy to be working with Russell, Steve and Jamie (Victory). I understand the position the club are in and I will be doing my best along with Russell to keep the club in the Football League.

“I am looking forward to getting started. I know the club, the staff and the players well and I am looking forward to getting into the swing of it and doing everything we can to succeed in our mission.

“It’s all hands on deck for the last seven games.”

Johnson was at Cheltenham’s 2-2 draw with Portsmouth at Fratton Park on March 17 and the home match against Exeter City four days later.

“I feel I know a lot about the squad, but it’s also important to have that continuity with Russell and the lads so we’ll be having a good chat regarding all of the players’ abilities,” Johnson said.

Milton, who has taken charge of nine matches since the departure of Paul Buckle in February, said: “I am happy to be working alongside someone of Gary’s knowledge and experience. 

“I’ve been pleased with the way the players have responded since I have been in charge and I don’t feel we are far away from getting things right.

“I feel performances have improved overall, with results hopefully now following.”

Chairman Paul Baker said:  “Firstly I want to thank Russ and Steve for stabilising the club and restoring a sense of positivity and spirit among everyone here.

“Both will have a key role to play working with and supporting Gary until the end of the season, when all parties will have a chance to review the situation moving forward.

“I am delighted to welcome Gary to Cheltenham Town. His experience will be critical and importantly he is very keen to work with the existing management team and playing squad.

“We have seven cup finals and we need everyone now to pull together. We thank our fans for their support and we hope that you will continue to back us during this crucial period.”

Johnson has also managed the Latvian national side along with spells at Cambridge United, Kettering Town, Peterborough United and Northampton Town. He took Bristol City to the verge of the Premier League in 2008, when they lost to Hull City in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. 

He also guided Yeovil Town in the Championship for the first time in their history in 2013, beating Brentford in the League One play-off final.

Cheltenham play at York City on Friday (3pm). 

Remaining fixtures:

Friday, April 3: York City (a)
Monday, April 6: Stevenage (h) 
Saturday, April 11: Wycombe Wanderers (a)
Tuesday, April 14: Cambridge United (h)
Saturday, April 18: Northampton Town (a)
Saturday, April 25: Shrewsbury Town (h)
Saturday, May 2: AFC Wimbledon (a)

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