Long-serving club legend Russell Milton to leave Cheltenham Town

Cheltenham Town's new head of recruitment Russell Milton
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Russell Milton's long association with Cheltenham Town has come to an end, Gloucestershire Live understands.

The 55-year-old has spent the last year as the club's head of recruitment.

He had previously worked as assistant manager under Gary Johnson, Michael Duff and Wade Elliott, as well as taking temporary charge on three occasions.

Former Arsenal midfield prospect Milton initially joined Cheltenham as a player in 1997, signed for £4,000 from Dover Athletic by Steve Cotterill ahead of the club's return from the Southern League into the Conference.

He helped the Robins win the FA Trophy, Conference title and promotion to League One, as well as a run to the FA Cup fifth round during a ground-breaking six-year spell, before leaving to play semi-professionally for Bath City.

Milton returned to Cheltenham in 2010 as part of the youth set-up and in April 2015 he stepped up to lead the first team following the sacking of Paul Buckle, then becoming Johnson's number two for the 2015/16 National League title success.

He was Duff's assistant for the 2020/21 League Two championship triumph and was in the same role as the club registered their two highest ever finishes of 15th and 16th in League One over the next two campaigns.