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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

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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.

Cheltenham hoping to bounce back after two defeats

This season was always going to be difficult for Cheltenham Town after two successive play-off campaigns, which both ended without promotion.

But despite a bad start to the campaign and an ever-changing squad, the Robins are confident of flying up the table and mounting a another play-off charge for League One.

Our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth reports:

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Jamie Cureton tells ITV News West Country 'I want to keep going as long as possible'

In a threat to make all defenders wince, Jamie Cureton told ITV News West Country that he wants to continue playing into his forties.

The Cheltenham Town star, now in his 12th club, said he wanted to go on for "as long as my body lets me".

Following his record breaking 250th goal at the weekend he refused to say which of the 12 clubs was his favourite, but he did reveal a soft spot for one Westcountry team. But you'll have to watch the video to find out which one!

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