Caretaker managers Russell Milton and Steve Elliot are set to stay in charge of Cheltenham Town until the end of the season.

Head of Academy Milton and former player Elliot oversaw Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Bury. The duo were placed in charge after Paul Buckle left by mutual consent last Friday. Chairman Paul Baker insisted that the Robins would not rush to find a successor after he branded the appointment of Buckle a “bad decision.”

The announcement that the caretakers will stay in the dugout comes after rumours that the club had been in touch with former manager John Ward about the now vacant Town position. While Milton said after the Bury loss that he would “love to have the job”. Now he has been given it with Baker telling BBC Sport:

“We wanted some continuity and we want more of the togetherness we have seen in the past few days, so Russell and Steve will be retained until the end of the season. We will also be recruiting a third person to join then. Steve and Russell don’t have a huge amount of managerial experience, so we want someone who has a lot of it so they can bring that to the party.” 

The Robins will want to act quickly with the club deep in trouble at the foot of the League Two table and neither caretaker having any previous senior management experience.

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