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Cheltenham Town set to appoint new assistant manager

Cheltenham Town are set to appoint Aaron Downes as their new assistant manager, as per Jon Palmer.

Cheltenham Town appear to be putting the final pieces of their new management team together as Michael Flynn looks set to bring in a new assistant manager.

The Robins were relegated on the final day last season and despite a poor start to the 2023/24 season, they did well to come so close to survival.

Since then manager Darrell Clarke has left for Barnsley and the club are naturally in a period of transition.

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Flynn came in to replace Clarke and he brings with him a wealth of experience having had spells in the dugout at Swindon Town, Walsall and Newport County.

Now, Palmer reports that former Cheltenham Town player Downes will come in as Flynn’s assistant with Ashley Vincent remaining as first team coach.

His background

Downes won promotion to League Two as a player at Cheltenham Town and was their captain for over three years.

He became head of academy coaching at the Robins before departing in 2018 when he joined Torquay United and held the post of assistant manager and interim manager during his time there.

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He seems set to return back to his former club and with him he will bring valuable knowledge of the club and the league.

A long road ahead

Flynn, Downes and Vincent all have a big job ahead of them. However, should they make the right decisions over the summer then there is no reason why they can’t look to bring some stability to the club before then kicking on back up towards League One.

Cheltenham Town have a lot of work to do on and off the pitch though and if not careful, they risk being stuck in League Two for longer than the club should be.

A lot will ride on their player recruitment and the funds they have available and having lost some big names already this summer the new management team have their work cut out for them.

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