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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Brough Stops Coaching Robins First Team

Ex-Bull John Brough has ended his stint as Assistant Manager at Cheltenham due to the way their youth team is funded.

The subsidies received for their youth team require a qualified coach to be in charge of the scheme, so Brough has been forced to return to his former role leaving Martin Allen to coach the senior side on his own. He has also lost his Chief Scout with Alan Fettis, who doubled as goalkeeper coach, being made redundant due to the ongoing cost cutting with Allen telling their official site:

"John Brough will now have to go back to working with the youth team, due to the way in which it is funded by the Football League. You have to have a fully qualified coach to get the grant that they provide. I'll have to go it alone as manager. I want the players to concentrate on playing. I'll take guidance, and pick the brains of the other staff we have here as I always do, but at the moment I'll be going it alone."

Allen confirmed Alex Russell's departure to Exeter after the player passed a medical: "It's not my choice to see him go but financially, it's the best thing for the football club, although it's not the best decision for the team."