Paul Buckle: Cheltenham Town boss leaves after 79 days at helm

Paul Buckle
Paul Buckle only succeeded Mark Yates as Cheltenham manager in November

Cheltenham Town have parted company with manager Paul Buckle by mutual consent after only 79 days in charge of the League Two club.

The 43-year-old took over from Mark Yates in November, with the Robins 18th in the table.

But they only won once during Buckle's 13-game reign and are one point above the relegation zone.

Academy coach Russell Milton will take caretaker charge of the first team for Saturday's home match against Bury.

The club have also confirmed that assistant Rob Edwards has left by mutual consent.

Milton will be assisted on a voluntary basis by former Robins defender Steve Elliott, who was released by Buckle earlier this month.

Yates spent five years in charge at Whaddon Road, leading the Robins to the League Two play-off final in 2012, and was the third longest-serving manager in England's top four divisions prior to his sacking.

Buckle's managerial record
Nov 2014 - Feb 2015Cheltenham13 games: 1 win, 5 draws, 7 defeats
April 2012 - Feb 2013Luton52 games: 26 wins, 10 draws, 16 defeats
May 2011 - Jan 2012Bristol Rovers29 games: 8 wins, 6 draws, 15 defeats
June 2007 - May 2011Torquay226 games: 104 wins, 58 draws, 64 defeats

Buckle had previously managed Torquay, Bristol Rovers and Luton Town and returned from a spell out in the United States to take over at Cheltenham.

The Robins drew with Oxford in his first game in charge, but followed it up with an FA Cup second round home defeat by Conference outfit Dover.

Since then, they have secured seven league points from a possible 33 and have dropped to 22nd in the table.

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