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Michael Duff commits his future to Cheltenham Town till 2023

1 November 2019

Club News

Michael Duff commits his future to Cheltenham Town till 2023

1 November 2019

Cheltenham Town are delighted to announce that manager Michael Duff has signed a new contract that will see him remain at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium until June 2023.

Duff, who has represented the club as both a player and now as manager, has committed to extend his stay having transformed the team since taking charge in September 2018 from a side battling at the lower end of the table in League Two last season, to one challenging near the promotion places in the current campaign.

In his tenure he has guided the Robins to 21 League Two wins, 15 draws and 17 losses - going unbeaten in 68% of his matches in charge.

Appointed for the first time in mid-September 2018, Duff took over a team that had recorded only two wins in its opening seven League games. After a tricky start to his tenure he introduced a style and philosophy that saw him lead the team away from any threat of relegation, subsequently securing the club's highest finish in the division since it returned to the Football League in 2016 of 16th.

This season in his first full season in charge heading into Saturday's match with Forest Green Rovers his side are third in the table with a game in hand having accumulated 28 points.

His success saw him recognised at the end of September with being named the League Two Manager of the Month.

Commenting on his decision to sign a new deal, chairman Andy Wilcox said: "To have Michael signing a contract until 2023 it is a fantastic deal for us.

"He's produced for the club since being here time and time again and we are looking forward to continue working with him and to keep moving the club forward."

Duff's return to Cheltenham saw him reunite with a club where he started his playing career, making his debut as a a teenager in the Southern League and going onto help the club progress to the Football League.

His success with the Robins saw him earn a move to Burnley where he helped the Turf Moor club gain promotions to the Premier League, representing them in the top flight and collecting 24 international caps for Northern Ireland.

Upon his retirement he took up the under-18s and under-23s management roles at Burnley before he succeeded Gary Johnson as Cheltenham Town manager for his first senior management position in the Football League in September 2018.

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