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Schofield, Yates interviewed for Cheltenham Town job as announcement draws close

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: December 22, 2009

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TWO of the leading candidates to become Cheltenham Town's new manager were given their chance to impress chairman Paul Baker yesterday.

Current caretaker boss John Schofield and Kidderminster Harriers manager Mark Yates both had interviews for the job and an announcement is expected to be made within the next 24 hours.

Yates emerged as one of the frontrunners to succeed Martin Allen after Kidderminster last week confirmed they had received an approach from Cheltenham to hold talks with the Harriers boss.

A popular midfield player during his five-year spell with the Robins, Yates' possible return could be hampered by the compensation payment that would be necessary due to him being under contract at Aggborough until the end of the current season.

Yates is likely to want to bring his assistant Neil Howarth, another ex-Robins player, with him to Whaddon Road.

Kidderminster have made a request for compensation for Yates and Howarth, if Cheltenham decide to move for the duo.

Harriers chairman Barry Norgrove said: "Obviously we've got a higher valuation and they've got a lower one and we'd have to meet somewhere in the middle.

"Ideally, we wouldn't want Mark or Neil to leave, they know the players and have done a good job this season."

Schofield has been in charge of the team since Allen was placed on gardening leave on October 20.

Popular with the staff and players, Schofield's prospects have not been helped by one win from his nine matches at the helm.

Baker must pick his man from more than 60 applicants, with Jim Harvey, Gary Brabin and Jerry Gill also thought to be among the candidates.

Former Leicester City, Hull City and Wycombe Wanderers boss Peter Taylor has not applied for the position.

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    Ben, Cheltenham  |  December 22 2009, 1:53PM

    I have had a look Samuel and realise I stand corrected regarding the headbutt incident and it looks like he made an error there. I have heard a few internal stories surrounding that time about the "strike" you mention but I also think that many professionals have also thrown their toys out on one occassion - just look at the current squad and you will be hard pressed to find one that hasn't!! I think if Yates can channel that passion he is a good choice and has a point to prove - and is hopefully Cotteril Mark II (who arrived at the club with less experience than Yates). I would not say Kiddy have good resources if you read their forums - in spite of their history and that is why I quite like the thought of him managing us as he has had minimal budget at Kiddy. Kiddy fans hope for play offs but realistically target mid table which is what I think our aims should be. He is up and coming with good experience with a point to prove. Rather than appointing managers on alleged reputation. For all of people like Peters, Slades experience you could provide a counter argument with their failings. I am quite hopeful of success under Yates. However,for me success in the next 2 seasons is stability and mid table next year - which is the problem - as most of our fans think we should be top 4!

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    Chelt to the end, Chelt  |  December 22 2009, 12:29PM

    What my mum didn't get it? She will be devastated, absolutely devastated!

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    Nesty, Cheltenham  |  December 22 2009, 12:22PM

    Its Yatesie !! Howarth here was well as coach

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    Leo Hoenig, shipton  |  December 22 2009, 12:19PM

    It's Yates

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    Fingers, Crossed  |  December 22 2009, 11:27AM

    YATES - PLEASE !!! And if not Yates, Chelt to the End's Mum....

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    Samuel Lear, Exeter  |  December 22 2009, 10:39AM

    Ben: Mark Yates headbutted Lee Elam as a manager, not as a player. Also, did Yates not go on a mini strike in his last days here? I may be mistaken on this point. Kidderminster were not too long ago a thriving football league club and have the resources to be one again. A success for Yates would be promotion, or at least the playoffs - he has achieved neither. I am not asking for a big name, I am asking for the likes of Slade or Peters who have both done very commendable jobs in similar situations to ours.

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    Craig, Cheltenham  |  December 22 2009, 10:37AM

    Click on to the 2nd pitcure at the top. My Lord, Mark Yates has changed a bit hasn't he(!)

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    Clive, Evesham  |  December 22 2009, 10:34AM

    I will try again. It seems that mum has left the computer on again. If I don't get the manager I think best I will take my ball home and stamp my feet! Mum the naughty man has made me cry again! THIS IS GROWN UP FOOTBALL CHILDREN. The club has to do what is best for the club in general. Give PB some support.

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    Ruldoph, Lapland  |  December 22 2009, 10:22AM

    Ha- "Announcement expected to be made in the next 24 hours". Where have i heard that before? I bet this is still going on in 6 weeks time. Failing thta, maybe it will happen in the next 24 hours, with Santa popping to take up the post after his work is done for the year on Dec 26th... wow - its all fitting together now.

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    Chelt to the end, Chelt  |  December 22 2009, 10:11AM

    My mum was one of the candidates and I think she stands a good chance against JS, because what both of them know about the club you could fit on the back of a postage stamp. C'mon mum!

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