MIL­TON BIDS TO STAY IN PAR­ADISE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Jamie Holt

RUS­SELL Mil­ton has three months to pre­serve Chel­tenham’s Foot­ball League sta­tus – and he ad­mits ex­pan­sive foot­ball may be in short sup­ply as he whips the team into shape.

Chel­tenham chair­man Paul Baker has named Mil­ton as manager un­til the end of the sea­son af­ter Paul Buckle’s dis­as­trous 79day stint in charge.

The for­mer mid­fielder was at front and cen­tre of the Robins’ most suc­cess­ful pe­riod in their his­tory be­tween 1997 and 2003, as they reached the heady heights of League One.

But Mil­ton takes charge with Chel­tenham on a des­per­ate de­fen­sive, hav­ing mus­tered just one win in 2015. The new boss picked up his first point in a 1-1 draw at Ac­cring­ton on Fri­day night.

“It’s been a hec­tic week – a life-chang­ing week in many ways – but I have re­ally en­joyed it as the boys have been great,” Mil­ton said.

“Their ef­fort and pro­fes­sion­al­ism in train­ing and how they’ve been with (as­sis­tant) Steve El­liott and me has been first-class.

“We’ve tried to keep things lively, the num­ber one thing is to keep the spir­its up, and team shape, or­gan­i­sa­tion and spirit is the key now.

“We can’t be too open and while we have to give re­spect to the other teams we play against, we have to get our own house in or­der first. I am pos­i­tive about be­ing able to do that.”

BOSS: Rus­sell Mil­ton

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