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Kevin Russell and Ashley Vincent added to backroom staff

22 July 2023

Cheltenham Town are delighted to announce that Kevin Russell and Ashley Vincent have joined Wade Elliott's backroom staff ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Russell joins the Robins as our new assistant manager whilst Vincent has been promoted from the club's academy to take on the role of first team coach.

Russell recently departed Stoke City, where he and Elliott ran the Potters under-21's side together back in 2018. 

The 56-year-old had a long playing career as a striker, turning out for the likes of Leicester City, Wrexham and Burnley.

He now links up again with Elliott to fill the void left by Russell Milton, who became the clubs head of recruitment a few months ago.

Vincent meanwhile becomes the clubs new first team coach after Marcus Bignot departed for Shrewsbury a few weeks back. 

A former Robins stalwart, Vincent made over 100 appearances for the club alongside spells with the likes of Colchester United and Port Vale.

Ash has been working as a coach in the academy system since 2017 but now moves up to the first team ahead of our upcoming League One campaign.

Both coaches will be in the dug-out for our match against Birmingham City later this afternoon.

Speaking about the new additions to his management team, Robins manager Wade Elliott said:

"Kevin is someone I know really well, I know his character and his personality, which was probably tipified when Marcus (Bignot) left and Kevin was there at the tip of a hat to pitch in.

"He's an excellent coach with a great persoality and I'm sure he'll be great around the group. He understands the game and will bring good ideas to the team.

"Kevin has great experience at the level so he ticks a lot of boxes and we are really fortunate to have him in.

"As for Ash, it made perfect sense really. First and foremost Ash is a really good coach and he's a really good football person.

"Also we wants someone who can continue the link with the academy, which Ash is ideally placed to do.

"Ash knows the personality and the quality of those players in the 18's, he'll know the work that's being done there and he'll be a big advocate for those players."

Join us for another chapter as we embark on a third successive League One campaign

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