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.