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Cheltenham Town Assistant Manager John Schofield goes in shake-up

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: June 30, 2010

Leaving Town: John Schofield

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ASSISTANT manager John Schofield will leave Cheltenham Town this week.

Boss Mark Yates has undertaken a "review and restructure of his backroom staff" and finances are likely to have been the main factor in the decision.

Schofield's departure opens up the way for current coach Neil Howarth to become assistant manager to Yates, a post he filled when the two worked together at Kidderminster.

Yorkshireman Schofield joined Cheltenham during the second half of the 2008-09 campaign, initially working on an expenses-only basis after losing his job at Walsall, where he worked under boss Jimmy Mullen.

He was then installed as Martin Allen's assistant on a two-year contract last summer.

The 45-year-old took temporary charge of Cheltenham following the protracted suspension of Allen.

He oversaw nine matches as caretaker boss and brought in the likes of Ben Marshall, Ashley Eastham, David Pipe and Joss Labadie on loan, but results were disappointing and he tasted victory only once during his temporary reign when Barnet were defeated 5-1.

Schofield was one of the many applicants for the role after Allen officially departed, but he missed out to Yates, who brought fellow Robins old boy Howarth back with him to form a coaching triumvirate.

Schofield was heavily involved in the planning of Cheltenham's pre-season schedule, but he will not play any part in the preparations for the new campaign.

Schofield said: "I've enjoyed working with everyone at Cheltenham Town and it's been a great experience for me.

"The Gaffer is looking to change things around for next season and we've parted perfectly amicably.

"I'd like to thank both him and the chairman (Paul Baker) for giving me the opportunity and now I'm looking for a new challenge.

"I'm sure Cheltenham will go on to better things next season. The past couple of years have been difficult with a lot of comings and goings and upheaval but there is a chance to steady the ship now and get some continuity.

"That will give them the chance to build for the future and I am sure they'll do that."

Yates paid tribute to Schofield's influence last season.

"On behalf of everyone at the club I'd like to thank John for the tremendous work he's done with us," Yates said.

"He was a huge help to me when I first arrived.

"He played a very important role last season and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future."

The club's senior professionals are all due to start training tomorrow morning, with fitness tests at the University of Gloucestershire on Friday.

Trialists are then expected to join up with the squad from Monday, with the first warm-up match at Leamington on Saturday, July 10.

The new season kicks off on August 7 with an away trip to Gillingham, who were relegated from League One last season.

JJ Melligan and Frankie Artus are both on the verge of signing and Yates is chasing a defender and two strikers.

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    Craig, Cheltenham  |  June 30 2010, 9:56AM

    Melligan and Artus are apparently "on the verge of signing"...last we were told they were being enquired about. Anyone know if they actually are on the verge of signing or if it's just the Echo getting carried away? Also says Yates is after 2 strikers and a defender...do we not need 2 centre backs, other than Lowe?

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    Richard lll, Cheltenham  |  June 30 2010, 9:46AM

    Charlie - JS was contracted until the end of this coming season - 2010/2011, so he's left his post a season early + again Chelt have had to pay compo. Feel a bit sorry for JS actually, although having both an assistant manager + assistant coach was a bit much for a league 2 club, JS did start to turn the club around after you know who. He also brought in some decent loan players last season + steadied the club before MY took over. Thanks for all you did JS + I wish you every success in the future.

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    charlie, cleeve the heart of cheltenhamshire  |  June 30 2010, 9:09AM

    mmm, reading the comments below yes j/s im sure is a very nice man,but the only reason he stayed the extra year is that the board couldn't afford to pay his contract off as they had done with m/a,schofield was on a 2 year contract which knowing football contracts finishes today so i would think most ctfc fans could have seen this coming long ago,i also think j/s must share some of the responsibility for what went on and lets not forget how the team played under him absolutely awful i do wish him well in the future but will have seen him as no more than a token figure in the dugout for the last 12 months.

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    Steve, Prestbury  |  June 30 2010, 8:59AM

    Thank you John for all the work you put in Last season you were a rock. But I think you departing was always going to be on the cards when mark arrived with his Mate and Old Cheltenham Boy Neil Howarth in tow. So best of luck John hope to see you around sometime.

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    IMOM, Glos  |  June 30 2010, 8:52AM

    John, you have done everything the club has asked and more! You are a top man and a gentleman, sorry to see you go. Very best wishes and thanks for giving your all to CTFC.

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    Chris, FOD  |  June 30 2010, 7:48AM

    A top top professional.... Cheers John and all the best!

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    Darren Ewen, Cheltenham  |  June 30 2010, 7:45AM

    Thank you JS for all your help. You helped steady the ship when Martin Allen left and you tried so hard to get the team performing to something close to a consistent basis. Good luck with whatever the future holds for you and I am sure the club would welcome you back with open arms.