FORMER Cheltenham Saracens manager Gerry Oldham has joined Cinderford Town as assistant to boss John Brough.
Oldham left Saracens midway through last season and after a break from football he had been looking for a return ahead of the 2014/15 season.
His son Jack played for Brough at Bishop’s Cleeve last season.
Oldham will replace ex-Robins midfielder David Bird as number two at The Causeway.
Bird, 29, has taken the decision to retire from football to concentrate on his work commitments in the building trade.
“David can’t commit and he has a new job, which is going to take up a lot more of his time,” Brough said.
“I wanted him to stay on as a player, but there are no hard feelings at all and I wish him well because his career after football has to come first now.”
Brough was happy to appoint Oldham, who has more than a decade of experience as a manager as well as a spell coaching in the academy at Aston Villa.
“I had a good meeting with Gerry last week and with David leaving the opportunity came up so we are going to give it a go.
“He knows his football and he wants to play the same way that I do, which is attractive football.”
Cinderford will invite every player from last term’s squad back along with several new faces and trialists for pre-season training, which starts on Saturday, June 28.
The Foresters will play at Ellwood on Tuesday, July 8 in their opening friendly match before taking on a Forest Select XI at home four days later.
Gloucester City will visit The Causeway on Tuesday, July 15, followed by a home game against Cheltenham town on Wednesday, July 23.
Brough is hoping to confirm two more friendlies before the new campaign kicks off on August 9.