Former Bristol Rovers, Port Vale and Walsall boss Darrell Clarke in talks over contract extension at Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town manager Darrell Clarke
Cheltenham Town manager Darrell Clarke -Credit:Getty Images

Manager Darrell Clarke is in discussions with Cheltenham Town over an extended contract, Gloucestershire Live understands.

The 46-year-old's current deal is due to run until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

Although dialogue has opened, it is understood that there is plenty of work to be done before an agreement is struck.

There has also been interest in former Port Vale and Bristol Rovers boss Clarke from other EFL clubs in recent weeks, but compensation would be required to prise him away this summer.

Clarke joined Cheltenham at the end of September 2023, taking over a team that had taken one point and failed to score in their opening 10 League One matches - the worst start in EFL history.

His first game at the helm was a 2-0 home defeat by Fleetwood Town, which came after just one training session with his newly inherited squad.

He then oversaw an almost immediate improvement, keeping the club's survival bid alive until the final game of the campaign, when a 2-1 defeat at Stevenage condemned them to the drop after three seasons at the higher level.

Staffordshire-based Clarke, who has five promotions on his CV, has proven popular with Cheltenham's players and supporters alike over the past seven months so there is no doubt that committing his future to the club ahead of their League Two return would be well-received on and off the pitch.