Former Premier League defender emerges as Cheltenham Town manager front-runner

Former Burnley defender Michael Duff is looking to be the favourite to take over from Gary Johnson at Cheltenham.

Johnson was the first League Two manager to lose his job this season and in the interim period, Russell Milton has watched over proceedings. He’s well priced to take over himself, but a 3-1 defeat against Colchester this weekend hasn’t helped his cause.

Milton is in his third spell at the helm, albeit always on a temporary basis, having been Johnson’s assistant. As a player he was Cheltenham’s Player of the Year in their first Football League season in 1999/00.

However, he looks set to miss out with 40-year old Duff the bookies favourites for the role.

He too was a key player for the Robins, making 300 appearances for them between 1996 and 2004. He later joined Burnley for £30,000 and went on to make 342 appearances for them, 32 of which came in the Premier League.

Our View

This seems a good move, Duff has managed the under-18s and the under-23s at Turf Moor and is revered as a Cheltenham Town hero.

Understanding the club and the culture is vitally important and it is nice to see a League Two club doing it the right way, rather than trying to attract a big-name former international, as is the case at Crawley.

 

 

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