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Gerry Oldham appointed assistant manager at Cinderford Town

By JPEchoRobins  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

By Jon Palmer

  • Gerry Oldham will be John Brough's assistant at Cinderford Town next season

  • Former Cheltenham Town midfielder David Bird has retired from football

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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.

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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.

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