MILTON BIDS TO STAY IN PARADISE
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