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Forest Green Rovers stay top of the table

Tonight's result Credit: ITV News

It was a two-all draw between Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham in their National League derby at New Lawn.

The two sides have both made a great start to the season and remain first and second in the League.

Forest Green retained their place three points ahead of the Robins thanks to a late equaliser headed in by Kurtis Guthrie.


Cheltenham Town earn a valuable point at Newport

Former Wales U21 forward Wes Burns scored Cheltenham's only goal Credit: PA

In football, Cheltenham had to be content with a point tonight.

They travelled to Newport in league two. While on loan signing and former Wales under 21 player Wes Burns opened the scoring in the 16th minute at Rodney Parade, the home side equalised before half time and that's how it ended - 1 all.

Cheltenham Town manager leaves club after 12 weeks

Paul Buckle only took over at Cheltenham Town in November. Credit: ITV News

Cheltenham Town FC announced today that controversial manager Paul Buckle has left the club.

He was brought over from the US in November to much fanfare, to help arrest the club's slide in the rankings.

However, under his leadership Cheltenham won just one out of 13 games, and are now one point and one place above the drop zone.

Controversial reshuffling decisions and a lack of wins created anxiety and discontent among supporters, and rumours that Buckle's position was precarious. He recently played down whispers about his impending departure.

I've been in this position before and it's uncomfortable, it's not nice, but you need togetherness ... you need togetherness and you hold your nerve.

– Paul Buckle, former Cheltenham Town manager

However today the club announced that he had left by mutual consent.

Head of Academy Coaching Russell Milton has taken temporary charge in time for Saturday's match against Bury.

Full report: Paul Buckle joins Cheltenham

Football and Cheltenham Town have appointed Paul Buckle as the club's new manager. He has put pen to paper on a one year rolling contract at Whaddon Road and succeeds Mark Yates who was sacked yesterday.

Buckle returns to the English game after spending the last 18 months working in America. He jetted in this afternoon and our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth was there to meet him.


Paul Buckle is new Cheltenham Town manager

Former Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle is the new manager of Cheltenham Town. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham Town have appointed Paul Buckle as their new manager.

The former Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Luton Town manager has agreed a 12 month rolling contract, and will take charge of his first match against Oxford United at home on Saturday.

Buckle, 43, replaces Mark Yates who was sacked yesterday after five years in charge at Whaddon Road.

Cheltenham Town Chairman: Yates departure 'hardest decision I've had to make'

The Chairman of Cheltenham Town Football Club has said in an interview that parting company with the team's Manager, Mark Yates, was the 'hardest decision' he's had to make.

Paul Baker released a video interview this morning confirming the decision.

Mark was understandably very upset and I was too. Everybody who knows him will have a lot of sadness with the decision we’ve had to take, but we have to look after the business and look at results and performances.

– Paul Baker, Chairman, Cheltenham Town FC

Cheltenham Town part company with Manager Yates

Mark Yates oversaw more than 250 matches at the club. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cheltenham Town have parted company with manager Mark Yates, with immediate effect.

A popular figure and promotion-winning captain during his playing days, Yates returned to take charge at Whaddon Road in 2009 after leaving Kidderminster Harriers.

He has since overseen more than 250 matches and twice guided the club into the League Two play-offs, and the third round of the FA Cup on two occasions.

The 44-year-old was the third longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football, behind only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale of Exeter City.

His final match at the helm was the 4-1 home defeat by Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday, which left Cheltenham 18th in the table.

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