Wade Elliott Replaces Michael Duff As Cheltenham Town Manager
Former Clarets midfielder Wade Elliott has this morning been named the new manager of Cheltenham Town. Elliott, who has spent the past two seasons as first team coach at the club moves up to the role following the departure of Michael Duff to Barnsley Football Club two weeks ago.
Wade has agreed terms on a two year contract and his appointment arrives at the end of a brief but intense search for a new boss. The former AFC Bournemouth, Burnley, Birmingham City and Bristol City midfielder, who is also a UEFA Pro Licence coach was brought to Cheltenham Town by Michael Duff having previously worked with the Under-23 teams at Bristol City and Stoke City.
Club chairman David Bloxham explained that although the appointment is an internal one, the Board of Directors conducted a thorough search for a head coach to fill the considerable shoes of Michael Duff. “It’s been a very intense couple of weeks but we believe we have arrived at the correct decision for Cheltenham Town Football Club at this moment in time. The Board set out with a clear criteria for the type of coach we wanted and one of the key requirements was to try and continue the excellent progress we have experienced over the last three years.
I would like to thank my fellow director Paul Godfrey and our director of football Micky Moore for putting together a comprehensive selection process and we spoke to a number of outstanding candidates for the role. In the end we believed that Wade’s knowledge and understanding of the club, its staff and players made him uniquely placed to take us forward. David explained that the whole Board had been involved in the process and a lot of hard work had been done in order to reach the final decision.